Thought for the Day: The word ‘sanctified’ has always intimidated me. To be sanctified sounds so holy and righteous, and way above my paygrade. I’m looking for the rank of sanctified third class. That’s where it is helpful to see that the word sanctified is a passive verb (the original Greek). I’m not the one achieving or accomplishing this sanctification. The word describes those who are set apart, not by their own doing, but by the grace of God. All of a sudden the word is a little less intimidating as it is no longer based upon what I have attained, but the grace of God at work in me. I’m pretty sure the saints of Christian history would be the first to say, “Oh, it wasn’t me!”
Prayer: O Lord, I give thanks for your patience as you continue to move me toward the person you believe I can be. Amen.
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