Life is a journey, a process. We are constantly on a learning curve learning new lessons, learning more about ourselves, our strengths and our weakness. What brings us joy, what brings us sorrow; when to run head first into the storm of life, and when to slow down and take each moment as it comes, to savor it, to treasure it and let it wash over us, to learn life’s lessons. Than just about the time you begin to think you have this thing called life, figured out, you have a handle on life that is when God throws you a curve ball. Something unexpected crops up and shakes you to the very core. You stand there wondering what just happened here, I thought I had moved beyond this, and put this chapter of my life to rest long ago.
When you accept God into your life, when you actually surrender to his will, he sends The Holy Spirit in to clean house, to scrub down the walls of your heart, to dust out all the cob webs, even on that old filing cabinet tucked away, back in the corner of your heart, the one you had forgotten all about.
I remember as a child when visiting my grand mommy Sullivan, my mother’s mom, we stayed up in what we termed the “little house.” It was up a dirt path, near the back of the property and had been the home of my grandparents many years before when they had owned the gas station and convenient store down by the highway, which had long since gone out of business, and had now become their main home. In the “little house,” up the path, there was a treasure trove of old forgotten memories of my grandparents and their early life together. In the kitchen, in the freezer was a memory of their wedding, the top-tier of their wedding cake, frozen solid for years, forgotten, just like that old filing cabinet tucked away in the corner of my heart.
God begins to wash us clean, so that we can than put on the robes of Christ, so that we can begin to live our lives as a new creation. What we do not realize, is that during the deep cleaning process, dust can be kicked up; the dust of things past, things forgotten, that can take our breath away, painful memories we thought we had left behind in our childhood, or left behind in our early adult years, we are faced with once again. Why? Why would God bring these painful memories to the forefront, why would he allow us to relive these memories once again? Could it be, that in such moments, we realize just how far away we are from where we need to be from who we are meant to be? That God reminds us that life is a journey, a process of growing, gaining more insight and understanding; that each and every one of us is not above learning something new about ourselves, about forgiveness, mercy and love.
The Bible says of salvation, “…you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:11). What does that mean to be sanctified? “Sanctification” refers to our being set apart for God and to be made holy and acceptable to God; “acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:16). When God sanctified us, it means we have been made holy by washing us with the Holy Spirit.
It is extremely important to understand and realize that the sanctification is a process that continues even after our salvation. The washing must continue even after we have accepted Jesus Christ as our savior, even after salvation. The Bible says, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:23).
When we are washed, sanctified completely we can than stand before our Lord without blame. For this to happen, we must allow God to wash us inside and out, and although painful at times, it is a magnificent solution that dissolves shame and guilt. And so the journey and the process of this thing called life continues and with each turn down the path less traveled we become a little closer to who we are meant to be.
” The Book of Acts does not have an ending because it is a record of the unique stream of work of GOD, the stream of life which is still flowing and never stops flowing.” (Rev. 22:1-3, John 5:17; Matt. 25;21). http://www.agodman.com/blog/the-stream-of-gods-move-today/
By A.K. Robson