Today we are talking about sanctification – the process of being made more like God. The belief that once I come to know Jesus, He starts to renovate and change me. 1 John 3:11 says “No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him.”
When you come to Jesus, you are born of God. God recreates you and He puts His seed in you. The very Spirit of God lands in you. This changes you. You no longer progressively, unrepentantly live in sin, He makes you something new, and moves you in a different way.
I like to use the illustration of my yard. When I first moved to College Station, TX, it was dead. There wasn’t a single blade of alive grass, but, there were tons of weeds. Robust. Angry. Tall Weeds. How did my neighbors know that a new resident had moved into that home? Because I took a Weed Eater and I got after those weeds. I began to mow them down, get fertilizer, plant seeds, and tilled the soil. We began to work and a process began. Over time, there was less weeds and more grass.
Less of that which brings death, and more of that which promotes life.
That is exactly what God does. Scripture says He puts His seed in you. The very Spirit of God, lands in the heart of a person who trusts in Jesus Christ. Then over time, God begins to work on your to uproot ways of thinking or uproot affections in your heart for things that are not pleasing to the Lord and aren’t good for you. Over time God plants new affections: for His Word, for justice, for the poor and for the hurting. God plants things that breath life: a love for God and a love for people.
So how can you know that you’ve been born of God? It’s because you see less weeds and more grass over time.
The Spirit of God, renovates my heart, uproots that which displeases God and hurts me, and plants that which promotes love and life.
Ben Stuart – Director of Breakaway Ministries on the campus of Texas A&M University