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Sanctification is a fancy church word that simply means cleaned up and ready to use. Your laundry that has been washed, dried, and ironed is sanctified because it has been cleaned and prepared for use.


My son is a tennis shoe freak. It started out with a pair of Jordan sneakers. He has lots and lots of shoes. When he started working almost every payday that’s what he wanted a new pair of shoes. Now he has more shoes than Imelda Marcos.


Those shoes are always spotless and ready to wear. He buys the right type of cleaner and never allows a pair to get dirty. He wears them, cleans them, and puts them in the box, ready to wear the next time.


This is sanctification. Being cleaned up and prepared for use.


It might be a bit stronger than just cleaning up. I am very particular about my cast iron frying pans. Nothing works better for cooking than a properly broken in cast iron skillet. After each use, that skillet needs to be cleaned up. I wash it with an S.O.S. or brillo pad and then put it on the fire and dry it with the fire. When it gets good and hot, I take a little oil and cover the surface. Then I put it away in the oven.


When God sanctified us he begins by cleaning us up. He washes away our sin with the blood of Jesus. Then he heats us up. We get fired up for service. Then he oils us up. Oil is used in Scripture as a symbol for the Holy Spirit. God thoroughly coats us with the Holy Spirit and prepares us for service. Then he puts us in the place he wants us and when the time is right, he pulls us out and begins to "cook" on us.

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