May 9th, 2016
Two years after my conversion at age 8, I heard the pastor talk about living a life of holiness. Honestly, I do not remember his sermon, but I remember the tug on my heart to live a holy life. He called it sanctification. I have attempted to understand not only the word, but the lifestyle it calls me to live.
Basically, a life of holiness through sanctification is a life lived separate from willful sin–a consecrated life lived by yielding everything to God, and allowing Him to cleanse the heart, readiness for ministry adventures that He constantly makes available.
I read the following anonymous prayer in Jan Karon’s book, Patches of Godlight, and it has become my prayer on the road to holiness: “Almighty and Eternal God, so draw my heart to You, so guide my mind, so fill my imagination, so control my will, that I may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto You; and then use me, I pray, as You will, and always to Your glory, and the welfare of Your people. . . . Amen.”*
* Patches of Godlight by Jan Karon (New York: Penguin Books, 2002).
Author: Derl G. Keefer