“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”
— 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (HCSB)
The Holy Spirit wants to do a precious, holy, and lasting work in us. But He needs permission.
A Word On Growth – It Comes With Pain
Growth involves pain, but it’s not a pain that harms. It’s a pain that helps and heals, bringing wholeness. But it’s still painful. It still feels humiliating. And when we point God to all the people who are not making the sacrifices we are in our growth, we should expect to find no empathy. We have given Him permission to bring about change in our life.
Get this right: the choice we make to grow is the choice we make to sacrifice what we had for something better. It’s as simple as that. How much do we want what we do not yet have?
A Word On Trust – The Key to Unlocking Growth
Growth reduces down to trust. When we trust God to do what His Word tells us is His nature, we suddenly find we’re turning the very key which unlocks growth. Suddenly there’s the capacity to change. It seems incredible, and indeed it’s a miracle.
When we trust the Holy Spirit, He proves Himself trustworthy.
God is faithful. He just wants to make us a little more like Jesus. How good is God to want to do that in us, for us, for others who will inevitably benefit, and ultimately for His own purposes and joy?
God is good in what He desires to give us; not simply a salvation that saves us, but a healing that makes us whole.
© 2016 Steve Wickham.