21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. 22 Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:21-22 NASB)
To me, getting away from our sinful nature seems to be such an immense challenge. We try to get away from it, by focusing on how badly we don’t want to give into the sin. Or, by how bad we feel after we fall into the sin. So much time, energy, and thought go into the process of sanctification.
The beautiful thing is, that in order to get away from the sin we must simply, “pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” It’s so simple, but yet seems to be so complex. God calls us to a point of salvation, but we make the choice of sanctification. We are all saved by grace, but what we do on earth relies on our choices. God will use us if we freely choose to sanctify ourselves if we choose to avoid sinful acts at all costs. Does He call us to be perfect? No. Does He expect us to never sin again? No. Does He expect us to give Him our very best each and every day? Yes. Whether our best be a 5-second prayer in the midst of immense pain or a weekend long escape where it is just you and the Lord. He gauges our “best” based off of our hearts. The Lord wants us to cleanse ourselves from our sinful nature. Cleansing is a slow process, that takes time, but in that process of cleansing ourselves, we will become vessels of honor. We will become useful utensils for God to use. Through a process of cleansing, we will become prepared for every good work.
Don’t be discouraged today, friends. It’s a process, and the Lord simply calls us to try our best. Repent, submit, pursue, and stay humble.
Stay encouraged all.
Love wins… Grace wins…