One Thing

Most successful people are focused. Intentional or not, they limit the scope of their activity to one main thing. Paul tells us in Philippians 3:13 he is that kind of person. He embraced the reality of Justification in the past, Glorification in the future, but was intensely focused on Sanctification in the present. This should be the norm. Any Christian who abandons the path of sanctification and throws off the yolk of obedience should never be viewed a person who lost their salvation, but a person who never was it to begin with. Real Christians mature. Some do it faster than others, but eventually it happens. The writer to the Hebrews says, “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God” (6:1). Is this taking a shot at the Gospel? Absolutely not. He is simply encouraging his fellow believers to move on from it to full maturity. Paul is saying the same thing. If sanctification becomes the one thing that underscores everything else, then maturity will be the natural consequence.

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