We often hear the word "sanctified" brought up in church. But what does it truly mean to be sanctified? How does it apply to our lives outside the four walls of the church? These are important questions to ask if we are to truly be followers of Christ.
To be sanctified means that we are set apart for use by God. It is closely related to holiness. If we are sanctified we are taken away from secular use and made useful to God.This is important if we are to live the Christian life.
We cannot become sanctified by ourselves, however. However hard we may try, by ourselves we can only cover up those things that are undesirable to God. Yet God knows that these things are there. It is only when we turn these things over to God that we can be sanctified.
In the end, it is important for us to understand that we do not sanctify ourselves. God sanctifies His people by His grace. This is truly a blessing, as it allows us to be useful to God.