A devotional thought from Geoff Ashley for “Forever Reflecting”
The average American in our society today has known a lifetime of transition. College students regularly change majors. Employees change careers and employers unlike ever before. We change cars, wardrobe, styles, houses, and even spouses.
Novelty is the new fashion, and technological advancement justifies our incessant thirst for bigger (or smaller) and better. We are a people driven by the quest for something different, even if that something is not always truly greater or even good.
In some sense, you can’t really fault us. After all, change is hardwired into our very identity. Take a picture of yourself today and again tomorrow and, though minuscule, a transformation has taken place. You have aged, your hair and nails have grown, you got more or less sleep than the night before and your eyes betray it. These minute changes are manifest over years and years of constant change. (Just for fun, take a look at the YouTube video “21 Years”—the results of a father taking a picture of his son everyday for 21 years.)
While a great many of the changes that we undergo each day are rather superficial, not all are. Even as we are being transformed physically and emotionally, a spiritual renovation is taking place in the hearts of those who love and trust Jesus Christ. We are being conformed to His image. Take a moment to reflect on Romans 8:28-30.
In this session we talk about some of the changes that occur as a result of our adoption into God’s family. The particular change that we will consider, called sanctification, is a past, present, progressive, and future reality of immense importance for our lives.
Pause and Reflect
• If you were granted the ability to change any five things about yourself, what would they be? How many of those changes would be truly reflective of gospel realities?
• How would you define sanctification?
• Take some time to sit before the Lord and ask Him not only to teach you about sanctification but to use this time of considering His Word to actually sanctify you.