In the Old Testament it was necessary for one to meet the requirements of holiness through religious rituals and ceremonial laws. Today, Jesus is our standard for Sanctification. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit” Romans 8:1. Christ is your Holiness.
To sanctify is to set oneself apart in the consecration of one’s life to God. For the purpose of being used by God as we serve others. Deut. 7:1-6 is a passage of scripture that deals with some of the particular commands of Sanctification. First of all we see that when the Lord defeated all of the other Nations he told the Israelites not to make Covenant nor show mercy to them, V2. God did not want the Israelites to be in friendship with these Nations because they would cause them to turn away from God. Any relationship that is working against your commitment to Holiness sure be given up. We should draw close to those who inspire us to live Godly lives.
It is the will of God that we live sanctified, 1 Thessalonians 4:3. Your life style is the greatest indication of your relationship with God. Our thoughts, words and deeds should speak of our love and commitment to Jesus. To reject the call of Sanctification is to reject the Lord, for the Lord has said “Be ye Holy for I am Holy”, Leviticus 11:45.
The true measure of Holiness in a person’s life can be experienced through love. This love is Holy and it cannot be self- generated. For it is the presence of Christ in you that makes one to increase and abound in love, 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13. Jesus on the inside is power to mature in love and Holiness. As we grow in love we grow in Holiness.
The need to be loved and accepted is not a sin. It is a sin to fulfill a genuine need in an ungodly way. When one desires anything or person more than God that desire will rule over you in the place of God. We must always pray that God Sanctify our desires. Satan is working to bring you into captivity through the power of sinful desire. We must not only pray but we must choose to set ourselves apart for God’s use.
Genuine Christian love is a great deal more than a feeling but it is a conscious choice to seek the good of others. This kind of love is a true witness of the indwelling Spirit of Jesus. As we grow in love we grow in Holiness. If we chose to love, God will give us by his Spirit power to love.
Sanctification is letting Jesus be Lord your life. His Spirit will guide you into righteousness that glorifies God in holiness. If we truly desire with all of our heart Holiness the Lord will lead us in the way of Holiness. It is also true, that God is not going to force Holiness upon anyone. We cannot have the privilege of such a relationship without responsibility. By the grace of our Lord we have power to grow in Holiness through love.