"Go and sin no more," Jesus says. It seems like a simple and straightforward command at first, but at a second glance seems a little out of reach. In our sinful human condition, how are we to go and sin no more?
When we become believers, we are justified and made righteous. If you are a Christian, you are righteous. But it's not our own righteousness; we are the righteousness of God in Christ.
But it doesn't stop there.
Sanctification is the act or process of being made or becoming holy. The keyword here is "process." Sanctification is a process; it's not immediate. But God has promised to continue the good work he began in us until it is complete (Phil 1:6). The process means we need to keep at it, keep running the race. We need fresh bread every day - and each day, we become more like him.
Maybe you feel like Samson, and suddenly you're in an unexpected and tough season. Maybe you're caught in a bad situation or are stuck in shame like the woman in John 8. Maybe you can relate to the Psalm of lament today that cries out for redemption and healing.
There is always a turnaround when God is involved in writing your story. Samson, a righteous but flawed man, had moments of great favour in his life and also terrible moments of great distress. But his story ends with a victory greater than all the other accomplishments in this life combined. The woman in John 8 was stuck in a life of sin, but she had a turnaround when she realized her identity in Jesus and chose to begin the journey of sanctification and freedom. Even Jesus had the most epic turnaround of all time—coming back to life!
Our story also ends in victory, the greatest victory of all, because we share in Jesus' victory. The flag of victory has already been raised. In the small things and the big things, we can remember Jesus' victory and take courage because he has already won. With God, each day, we are one day closer to sharing in that complete Kingdom victory with him.
Claims to be a student at Hillsong College in Sydney, Australia, but we think she’s just there for the beach.