I like to remember the definition of sanctification by saying it this way: saint-ification. Literally the Holy Spirit is making us into saints.
So why would you or I want to go through that saint-ification process?
Is it so others will admire us? Is it so we will become the example for everyone else to follow? No!
We go through it because it glorifies God when we become saints.
And notice this: the word is saintS (plural, not singular). If you search through the New Testament you will find that this word is always in the plural. There are no singular saints. The Holy Spirit saint-ifies us to bring unity to the Body of Christ.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5,6)
Think of your physical body. You go through the process of dieting or exercising for the benefit of the entire body. Your taste buds may really want to savor some junk food, but for the good of the whole body you go through the discipline of eating the healthy food. Your legs may not want to go for that jog, but for the good of the whole body you push through your exercise routine.
It’s the same way spiritually: The Holy Spirit helps your become saint-ified for the good of the whole Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit wants you to mature as a saint so that you can help other saintS, and together the unified Body of Christ can glorify God.
So allow the Holy Spirit to take you through the saint-ification process, because other saintS need your help. And God will be glorified as you do!
(We are concluding our series called Immersed In The Holy Spirit this Sunday. I hope you can join me at 10:30am at Calvary Assembly of God.)