I was praying, this morning, using the Lord’s Prayer as my outline–my habit for over 30 years, now–and thinking about how I am “sanctified”. My mind flashed back to all those years when I tried so hard to “fit in”…to be one of the “cool” crowd. I was struggling to find my identity based on whether or not I was accepted by others.
Years later I’ve come to realize that “sanctification”–set apart for service–means I’m being shaped and molded in the image of God by Him, instead of trying to shape and mold myself into the image I thin others will accept.
There is real freedom in knowing that God has accepted me “Just as I am, without one plea”, and that is the only acceptance that really matters. God has set me apart for His service, not so others will accept me, but so He can use me.