At the point of salvation God sets us apart for Himself, He says, “you are mine, my child, bought with the precious blood of my Son, Jesus Christ.” God desires for us to experience that relationship with Him and this is where our journey begins. Where salvation and deliverance from sin becomes our new reality. The journey is called progressive sanctification and is the continuing work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer, making the person holy, which means, “bearing an actual likeness to God.” We begin to reflect God the Creator, our Father God in heaven through a supernatural process of transformation of our moral and spiritual character so that our lives begin to mirror the standing we already have in God’s sight.
Sanctification has two aspects, God’s work and our cooperation or response to the things He is using in our life to conform us into His image. God saved us, justified us, redeemed us, gave us new freedom in Christ, and provided us with everything we need for the Journey.
It is true that some only want a comfortable Christianity without the Cross, with a shallow commitment to Christ and His word. And even though they have been Christians for years, they got off the path God intended for them and are still at the beginning of their journey.
As we pursue God through the Spirit and His word, He challenges our old mindset and changes the way we think, we begin to see that the old things have nothing to do with who we are now. We are on a different journey with a new destination.
What God desires for each of us is that we would experience an exchanged and empowered life that comes through dying to self. We die to self so we can experience resurrection life. God has an incredible journey in store for us (I Cor 2:9).
Don’t just be content with knowing about God, get to know Him and His great plan for your life! Get on and stay on the path He has for you so He can continue the work in you - so that when people see you, they see your Father’s very likeness.