Sanctification, the Apostle Paul tells us, is God’s will for our lives (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Abstaining from sexual immorality, pursuing purity of heart, and loving rather than objectifying others are fruits of sanctification. Fruits, however, not of a life well-lived, but of the life of Jesus Christ flowing through us.
Oswald Chambers said that sanctification is “His patience, His love, His holiness, His faith, His purity, His godliness…manifested in and through” a person. It is Christ in us that purifies (Colossians 1:27) and produces pure thoughts and deeds. Nobody, Chambers tells us, “can make himself pure by obeying laws.”
As we rejoice and celebrate this weekend, recalling the atonement of our sins through Jesus’ shed blood and the promise of new life, focus on letting go of striving and grasping and embrace some R&R–repentance and rest (Isaiah 30:15) in what Jesus has done for us on the cross, trusting in the power of His resurrection. It’s God’s will for you, after all.