The conductor is the one who leads the orchestra to play that music according to the composer’s desires.
That scary Bible word, sanctification, just means the process by which we learn to play our part according to God’s plan. It is our becoming holy for His purpose and under the direction of His Holy Spirit.
God’s sheet music for us is His Word, the Bible. When we invite the Holy Spirit to lead us to understanding as we read and inspire us to live according to its precepts, we allow ourselves to be sanctified. Jesus prayed this to the Father regarding His disciples: “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17).
It involves a lot of trial and error on our parts, and hearts that submit to playing the way the composer wrote the music instead of making up our own notes and tempos.
Just as the orchestra practices for countless hours to get the music just right for a performance, we are continuously trying to live according to His plan. But it’s not getting it right that saves us. Rather, we commit to the process because we have been saved by God’s great grace. Through Jesus’ sacrifice we are made holy and blameless before God, but the process of our sanctification won’t be complete until His triumphant return.
Christ’s sacrifice both completes and inspires our sanctification.
Thank you for providing Your Word for me to live by and Your Spirit to lead me in living out my faith according to Your design. Help me to be tender to Your guidance and submit myself to Your work of sanctification in my life. Amen.
Author: Liz Giertz