“They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus said, ‘Do you see anything?’ He looked up and said, ‘I see people; they look like trees walking around.’ Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” Mark 8:22-25
Our sermon on Sunday was entitled, “Jesus, the Light of the World.” Our pastor, my husband, explained that many people are like this blind man. They have been saved, and they see some of God’s truth. They are no longer blind, and they won’t bump into things. However, without the second part of the procedure, without sanctification, they will never see clearly.
Sanctification is the process of becoming more Christlike. If we mature in our faith, we continually deepen our understanding of Biblical truth and are more and more able to put it into practice.
How do we do this? Not by staying where we are. Not by attending worship once in a while, or even weekly. Not by practicing certain church rituals and then living our daily lives the same way we did before. Sanctification requires patience and effort. It comes through study, hearing the Word, repentance and prayer. It comes through fellowship with other believers and intimacy with God.
Of course, on this side of heaven, we will never reach complete sanctification. There will always be sins we struggle to overcome and things we don’t understand. But if we’re working at the process and allowing God to change us, our sight will become clearer and clearer. That’s a worthy ideal that will never disappoint us. Why keep stumbling around in the dark when all the light of the world you need is waiting?
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