Learning to thrive in our faith in Christ is the work of God’s Holy Spirit in us. Imagine that! God not only provides the means of salvation, but then He does the work in us to progressively & continuously sanctify us. The problem is (you knew there had to be a problem, right?), we have to make ourselves available to the Lord for Him to work in us.
When we go to medical professionals for healing procedures, we have to get on the table. I despise those tables with the paper rolled over them, but it would be ridiculous of me to miss out on a healing, life-enhancing procedure simply because I refuse to get on the table. It would be even more foolish of me to gripe & complain that doctors offer no help for me when I never get on their table to allow them to work on me.
God will not wrestle us onto His table. We make ourselves available for the sanctifying work of God when we report and offer ourselves to the Lord through Bible study and when we spend time with Him in prayer. When we fail to do this, we miss out on healing, life-transforming moments. We cannot complain that the Lord is not alive and active in our lives when we never allow Him the opportunity to change us.
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23–24, HCSB, emphases added)