When Christians think of sanctification, we tend to think of “getting better,” or of becoming more and more like Christ. And it’s true. The Holy Spirit progressively burns away the dross, such that we “are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.”
But we often overlook another facet of sanctification: seeing just how needy we truly are. I want to believe that my walk with the Lord displays consistency, and that no matter the circumstance, I will behave as becomes a follower of Christ. I want to believe that, but if I’m honest I can’t.
Give me chronic pain—something as innocuous as a stiff neck—and my behavior deteriorates. Add gray weather and my attitude suffers. Deprive me of sleep and it’s over. All my pretensions of holiness melt away when I run out of creamer for my coffee.
A Christian is not simply one who recognizes that salvation comes by the grace of God. Christians also understand that we need His grace all day, every day in order to walk in a manner worthy of the calling we have received. I am weak and needy beyond my imagining.
And coming to that realization is a part of my sanctification. Because holiness is easy with coffee creamer.