As a true child of God, you must be sanctified. You must be totally set apart for God. Jesus must be the center piece of your life. You must be loyal and committed to God. The life of a sanctified Christian is totally driven by God – Acts 17:28. You cannot be a child of God and still fellowship with the devil. You cannot serve two masters. You are either for God or for Satan. Joshua counseled as follows: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15). Make up your mind today like Joshua and choose to be for God alone. You cannot love the world and God at the same time. (James 4:4).
We will examine some of the characteristics of a sanctified life to appreciate what God expects from a truly sanctified follower of Christ.
A sanctified Christian is time conscious. You must have regard for time as a child of God (Eccl.3:1-4). You cannot be sanctified and fail to keep to time. You must stop going to your office, business, meetings or coming to church late as a truly sanctified believer. You cannot keep God waiting for you at every service. Anyone who is not time-conscious is not sanctified and anyone who is not sanctified will commit sin. A man who cannot keep to time is not a man of integrity and thus cannot be trusted. The sanctified also knows that there are times for different things. There is a time to be in the presence of God and a time to be at home. Use your time wisely.
The sanctified believer is organized. You cannot be a favorite of God if you are disorganized and have no regard for orderliness. In 1 Corinthians 14:40, the bible admonishes us as follows: “Let all things be done decently and in order.” Our God is a God of order. He is well organized such that He never created man until everything else had been in place. Let us follow His example and be like Him (Matthew 5:48). You must set priorities and do only things that are essential and godly. Things that are lawful may not be expedient for a sanctified believer (I Cor. 6:12-13). Pleasing God must be driving force of you life.
The sanctified believer is disciplined and well behaved. As the salt and light of the world, you are the epistle that the world is reading. You cannot do anything that will make the unbeliever to blaspheme God. Take note of the expectation of God for a sanctified Christian in 1 Timothy 3:7, “And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.” Your ways must reflect the life of Jesus. Your relationship with Jesus must never be in doubt. You must be a shining light to everyone around you. You must advertise Jesus in all your doings. You can do it! Jesus will strengthen you! God bless you.