Manspeak


Are you still growing?…Essential Definitions pt. 3 by Caleb H.
August 4, 2008, 6:01 am
Filed under: Devotions

by Caleb Hancock

Did you know, that men typically grow (height-wise) until the age of 25, maintain that height until their 60’s or 70’s and then shrink somewhat due to bone-loss?

Yeah, pretty scary, huh?!

Well…while this is a natural and inevitable result of being human creatures, this SHOULD NOT be the typical pattern for Christian men as it relates to our third definition in our series…SANCTIFICATION.

Dr. Grudem, in Systematic Theology, defines sanctification as, “a progressive work of God and man that makes us more and more free from sin and like Christ in our actual lives.”

A word of warning…do not confuse this term with one of our first definitions that we looked at, JUSTIFICATION.

If you do, as is the daily temptation for every Christian, you risk riding the treadmill of pride and condemnation.

To avoid confusion here, let’s review.

Justification is: a legal declaration, it occurs once, it is all God’s doing, and is equal for all believers

Sanctification on the other hand is: internal, continuous throughout our lives, a cooperation between God and man, and is greater in some Christians than in others

For our benefit and instruction, and so you know that I am not making all this up, let’s see what God’s word says about sanctification:

Philippians 2:12b-13

“work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

Here we see that we are to co-operate with God in sanctification. And by no means is this the only reference to this. (see also, Romans 8:13)

Sanctification is also progressive (as indicated also in the previous verse) as indicated here:

2 Corinthians 3:18

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

So men, are you stagnant in your growth in godliness? Do you see it as a minimal priority, or not as a priority at all?

Well be aware…God sees it as one of the main responsibilities that you have, as indicated in his word.

So let’s pursue after godliness, not to earn God’s favor (which we have through faith alone, in JUSTIFICATION), but in order to glorify God before others and to fulfill God’s purposes for our lives as Christian men.

Matthew 5:16
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Ephesians 2:8-10

“8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

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