Turning From and To
A devotional thought from Geoff Ashley for “Forever Reflecting”
Colossians 3:1-3: “So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God.”
Every departure implies a subsequent arrival. Moving away from one location, we flee toward another. This is true physically as well as spiritually.
As we consider sanctification in this session, we see multiple facets of God’s work in our lives. We explore past, present, and future perspectives, but we also see that sanctification can be viewed both as a change from and a change to.
One of the dangers of desiring and pursuing sanctification is that we might only concentrate on the perspective of the sanctification from sin. We might simply consider the moral imperatives of Scripture and avoid what it says to avoid and pursue what it says to pursue. Yet sanctification is not only rescue from sin but also rescue to Jesus.
The Christian hope and desire is not merely to present a contrast from the world but also to be conformed to our Savior. Sanctification is not merely about being set free from the worship of the world but also set free to worship Christ. Sanctification is about the surpassing worth and pleasure of Jesus Christ.
Not only a departure from this world and all of its passing pleasures, sanctification is a progressive voyage toward the King and His greater delights.
Pause and Reflect
• In what areas of your life is your seeming holiness disconnected from the beauty and worth of the King and His kingdom?
• Spend some time thinking about areas of unrighteousness in your life. Now turn your gaze to Christ’s righteousness and how it has been applied to you. Spend the next few minutes considering His goodness and praising Him for His work in your life.