As we journey further into Holy Week and we remember Jesus sacrifice on our behalf, we discover that more is required of us than just preparation.
To engage with Jesus, to identify with what He endured and to understand the depth of the Fathers love for us we must participate.
What does that mean exactly?
I believe that to participate means we have an open posture of our hearts where God is concerned. It means we are willing participants in the transformational and redemptive work that the Trinity is doing in and through us.
Participation is more than just going through the motions. For many, Easter consists of egg hunts, baskets full of candy, going to sunrise service and Uncle Harvey rambling the same rote prayer before carving the honey-baked ham.
Participation requires intentionality as does preparation that was discussed in part 1 of this series.
For me being intentional in this area means setting apart time when I can be still and silent before God. I give myself time and space to listen, pray and to read the Bible. There is no secret formula to this and it looks different for everyone. The important thing is making time to be attentive to God.
When we choose to pursue knowing God and are open to His leading in our lives we bring Him glory as we undergo a transformation process called Sanctification.
There are many names for God in the Bible and the different names are in reference to His character. Yahweh Maccaddeshcem means, “the Lord your sanctifier”.
The Lord is our sanctifier. He alone is the one that purifies us from sin, redeems us and allows for us to be made holy in His image.
Sanctification can only take place when we are in right relationship with God and that occurs when we are effortful and intentional in knowing God. This knowing occurs when we participate.
Participation is worship.
Worship is more than just music. Worship is a state of mind and it is a decision. Worship is a willful and reverent act of thanksgiving, adoration and exaltation of God for who He is not what He has done.
When we choose to let God work in our lives in a way that is redemptively disruptive then we allow Yahweh Maccaddeshcem to refine us, redeem us and make us sacred unto Him.
Sanctification is a process.
In our instant gratification society we want results or our money back. In my blog post “Burger King God”, I talked about how He wants what is best for us and His desires are for us to know Him and to be known by Him.
God is not interested in quick fixes. He is interested in us becoming Holy as He is Holy so that we can fully demonstrate and reflect His Glory.
As you approach Good Friday ask yourself if you are willing to participate with God’s process to purify you so that you can worship Him in Spirit and in truth?
It is my hope that you will be able to come to a place where you are able to find peace and rest through participating with God in the sanctification of your heart and soul in Christ Jesus.
Grace & Peace…Karen