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One Process That Should Never Be Standardized

There is no scope creep when it comes to God’s plan for you. He’s the one who called you, and He’s the one who’s going to see you through.

Paul closes his first letter to the church in the city now known as Thessaloniki with an exhortation. “May God himself […] sanctify you through and through” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Sanctification is a process by which we become more and more like Christ. It takes time, and it is not easy. Pulled from our agrarian roots and thrown into the fast pace of the modern workplace, it is all too easy to shortsightedly bypass the waiting. To skip the journey for sake of the prize. It’s tempting to try and standardize the process of sanctification, but it is not something that can be universally applied. Doing so creates division and leaves far too many on the outside feeling like they don’t belong.

We need to remember that God himself wants to sanctify us, to make us more like Him. And He’s faithful to that. In one translation Paul writes, “The one who calls you is worthy of trust. He is the one who will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24, NBS).

So when you fall short on the road to sanctification or miss the mark at work, keep the calling in perspective. God has called you to where you are. And it is God who will see you through.

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