"In Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us ... sanctification" (1 Corinthians 1:30)
Is it possible to become so enamored of God's good gifts that we fail to worship Him, the Giver?
Dr. Albert B. Simpson, the founder of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, invited to preach in a Bible conference in England, discovered on his arrival that he was to follow two other Bible teachers. All three had been given the same topic, "Sanctification."
From the pulpit, the first speaker made clear his position that sanctification means eradication - the old carnal nature is removed. The second, a suppressionist, advised: "Sit on the lid and keep the old nature down!"
Dr. Simpson in his turn quietly told his audience that he could only present Jesus Christ Himself as God's answer.
"Jesus Christ is your Sanctifier, your all and in all! God wants you to get your eyes away from the gifts. He wants your gaze to be on the Giver - Christ Himself," he said.
This is a wonderful word for those who would worship rightly:
Once it was the blessing;
Now it is the Lord!
Father, this morning I praise You for Your holy presence in my life. Glorify Yourself through me today. Amen
~A. W. Tozer~