November 11, 2017
…But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. – 1 Corinthians 6:11 NKJV
I’m not what I used to be. I used to be a real piece of work. I didn’t think so at the time, but the longer I live the more I realize how far I was from the way God wanted me to be. I used to live for myself and no one else. Everything I did was for my benefit. I didn’t consider the thoughts and feelings of others. It was always about me and only me. I did what I wanted to do and never thought about whether it was the right thing to do. I simply assumed I was right because I judged myself by my own standards, rather than the standards of God.
I’m not what I used to be. Thank God, I’ve changed a lot. Of course, it wasn’t me that made the change. It was God who changed me. Spiritually, He washed me in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of God. As a result, I transitioned from being a non-Christian to being a Christian. At the same time, He also justified me. That is, He pardoned my sins and accepted me as being righteous. I didn’t always act righteously, but God accepted me as righteous anyway. At the end of my days, heaven awaits me instead of hell.
God also sanctified me in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of God. That is, He began the process of sanctification in me. Slowly but surely, I began to walk away from my former way of life. I stopped focusing on me and me alone. I started to think about the concerns of others, especially my fellow believers. Instead of directing my life in accordance with my own thoughts and desires, I began to seek after and follow the lead of the Lord Jesus. He became my shepherd. He became the Good Shepherd to me. (Psalm 23).
I’m not what I used to be- but I’m not perfect. There are times when I drift back to the things I used to do. There is, however, a big difference between back then and now.
Now I know that a person who has been washed, justified, and sanctified shouldn’t act in those ways.