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Esther's Petition

“Be patient, God isn’t finished with me yet!”
BePatientGirl

My friend Allyn Sawyer once created and gave me a framed cross-stitch of this. I love it! It’s so true.

Before we consider being “finished,”
i.e. perfect, we need to think about sanctification.

That’s an odd English word, not one we use every day at home, on the job, or in conversation with friends. It comes from the word sanctify, another odd word.

Simply put, it means to set something apart for one use. I’ve written about that before.  https://estherspetition.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/bush-burning-holy/

In the Bible that word means set apart for God’s use; consecrated to God; holy. The word saints means sanctified ones. When Paul wrote to the church in Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:2), he addressed them as those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints.

Being set apart for God’s use means God gets to use us. We get to cooperate. Simple.

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