Webster’s Dictionary defines sanctification as set apart to a sacred purpose. In 1 Thessalonians 3: 10-13 Paul told the church he continued to pray for them that God would direct his way unto them and the Lord make them to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as he did toward them: so God could establish their hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
Our father wants us to be just like him.
Leviticus 19:2 records the Lord’s emphasis on being holy. The word for holy in Hebrew is “qadash,” which means to sanctify, consecrate, and dedicate or to be separated from the world and worldliness.
1 Thessalonians 5:21-23 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In John 15:1–5 Jesus told them they had been cleaned through the word that Jesus spoke to them. He told them to abide in him and he would abide in them. He wanted them to bear good fruit. Jesus explained that the only way to bear good fruit was to abide in him and his word.
Ephesians 4:21–24 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Paul said now that we are created in righteousness and true holiness, we can be renewed in the spirit of our mind and put on the righteous and holy nature of God.
Have you ever heard the expression “A chip off the old block”? The statement means the person is just like their parents. We get a sense of accomplishment when our children display admirable characteristics they have learned from us. So much more our heavenly father wants us to do well by practicing his good habits.
Psalms 145:I-5 I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
One generation should be proclaiming God’s goodness to the next. Let’s praise him not only in words of worship but also by behaving ourselves in a way that brings glory to God for the life we live.