Read 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
The process of sanctification is ongoing, and once begun, cannot stop. The basis of sanctification is the radical departure from our sinful nature into the complete and holy nature of God the Father. This process does not happen overnight nor does it happen without challenge and suffering. This process is often slow and often arduous. However, although each step is a painful tear from the world with which we have until this point been so comfortable and satisfied, each step also reveals more and more validation that the process is not only necessary but is ultimately liberating. As we move closer and closer into a union with the spirit of Christ himself in our daily lives, we likewise move closer to the realization of the hope towards which we ultimately strive. That hope is the realignment of this world as it is with how it was intended to be. That hope is also the realignment of our spirit from its current state back to its created purpose. This original creation was intended to be one with the Father in every aspect.
The process of sanctification cannot be rationed; it is always more. To be merely content with where God has brought us “so far” is a loss. Resigning to the fact that he can do little more with us is absolute failure. The spirit born anew in Christ always strives to go farther and search deeper than before. This desire for more does not arise out of a desire for mere activity. It arises out of the realization that the more we align ourselves with the spirit of Christ the closer we will be to him. This closeness is what produces the “wings of eagles and feet of deer” in us that allow us to soar above and beyond, or run gracefully through, the suffering of this world. This closeness has the power to calm every storm. The desire to do more and more with Christ is not just busywork. The desire to do more and more is proximity. The more we strive to be like him, the more will be one with him.