Do you remember when Subway had the foot long sandwiches for $5. I do not know about you, but there is nothing like a Subway sandwich. You know the kind I am talking about,one that has the meats and all the fixings piled on. YUMMY!
Picture in your mind that sandwich, just loaded with all the meat and fixings. Now, try to imagine the same sandwich with just one measly slice of meat, with maybe a little lettuce. If you were to look at that sandwich all you would see where the two pieces of bread. I can imagine that it would taste very plain and bland. I do not know about you, but the first sandwich sounds much better.
Our Christian lives are the same way. Let me explain. There are three words that for me were hard to understand, but the analogy of the sandwich helped me to make sense of it. Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification. In this devotional I want to take a look at the meat; your sanctification. But, to understand the sandwich you need to know what the other two words mean.
Justification is when you became a Christian, it is an instant act where GOD views our sins as being forgiven and Jesus righteousness belongs to us, in other words, because of what Jesus did on the cross, GOD declares us righteous in His sight.
Glorification is the final step of the redemption process. When Christ returns, raises the bodies of all the believers that have died and reunites them with their souls, and changes all the bodies of the believers that are still alive. We all will have perfect, glorified bodies like Christ.
These are big words, but we should all understand what they mean, because they have a huge effect on us. The justification and glorification make up the bread of our sandwich. Sanctification makes up the meat, the fixings, the good stuff. The first two are already done, if you are a believer in Jesus and accepted Him as you savior,there is nothing you can to do to improve on them, they are yours..... but sanctification is different.
Sanctification is the daily process that frees us from sin and makes us more like Christ in our daily life. It is HARD word. Let me give you an example of what happened in my life.
If you are a believer, sanctification should be a daily process. You might be asking, how do I start this process? It is a good question. The best thing you can do is to pray and ask GOD to show you the areas that He would like to see you work on.If you are sincere, the Holy Spirit will convict you. But, her lies the hard work,Jesus does not wave a magic wand and make you better in that area. He is going to give you an opportunity to improve in that area. This is what I mean by hard work.Be ready for resistance from enemy, he does not want to see you improve or become more Christ like. Ask Jesus for strength.
So, what does your sandwich look like? Is it a wimpy looking sandwich with littlemeat? Or is it a yummy sandwich bursting with meat and all the fixins? This is really making me hungry. :)