I have an old pair of flip flops that are worn out. They have seen a lot of miles. I have worn them pretty much everywhere. I have went to restaurants in them, preached in them, worn them on vacation, and everywhere I could possibly wear them. Because they are so worn out, my wife has asked me to throw them in the trash.
However, I have been thinking.
Like those flip flops, life is a journey. (I almost put highway and then a certain song would loop endlessly in your head) Sanctification is a process. If we achieved full spiritual maturity the moment of our salvation, there would be nothing to learn. There would be no process. If we were at full spiritual maturity, God might as well just take us on to heaven.
God doesn’t use perfect people. God uses pliable people, broken people. God is the potter, I am the clay. God molds me, shapes me, and uses me for his glory to accomplish his purposes.
Every area of my life is included in this sanctification journey. Nothing is hidden. Every decision made has eternal significance. Am I maturing in sanctification or am I a spiritual child trying to play dress up?
I am praying that my life impacts those around me to push them towards Christ. I hope that the people I encounter see Christ more than they see me.
Ephesians 5:15 says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise.”
I am hoping that when my life is looked back upon, by myself or others, it will be revealed that I loved my wife and my child. I hope to be a godly husband and father, a pastor that points to Christ, a man that is kind, generous, trustworthy, and has integrity.
I have a long way to go. I am thankful that I have people in my life to come alongside me and help me and hold me accountable. It would be a rougher journey if I had to walk alone.
What is your one word for 2011?