My brother, the famous Aaron Lee Hixson, has often told me that his favorite thing I’ve ever said was: “I’m a work in progress, but I won’t progress without work.” Frankly I’m surprised that it isn’t “I’ll let you live this time” – but not only is that a different story, it evidently isn’t true. A quick look at Facebook confirmed that, indeed, I am quoted as saying this – right after a Bible verse and after a Relient k lyric – I’m so honored.
The funny thing about this phrase (besides the fact that I don’t remember ever saying it) is that I always have wondered if it is even true! My college years were spend questioning, studying, and interacting with the idea of sanctification. Discipleship is a huge passion of mine – the driving force behind why I am passionate about vocational ministry – so sanctification was very important to me. Namely: since one is completely justified and sanctified through the atoning work of Jesus and repentance/belief (the gospel), how then does one live? By this I mean, sanctification cannot be an act of works (only grace)… so how do we grow in grace!? How do we put do death the flesh and put on the works of the Spirit?
These were questions I wrestled with (and continue to grow and contend with) during college. I found a lot of help and perspective through guys who had studied grace far me than myself… but the answers were always so abstract and difficult to nail down.
As I keep feeding myself with God’s Word, I keep my eyes open for articles and messages on the subject. Today I came across a particularly well worded and studied article. You can (and should) read it here. One thought I want to make though has to do with this phrase from the end of the post:
The real question, then, is: What are you going to do now that you don’t have to do anything? What will your life look like lived under the banner which reads “It is finished?
As I read this phrase, the first thought that came to my head originated from Sunday School song time: does the song “He’s still working on me” present false teaching? If one is redeemed, and sanctification comes from the inside out (read the article), does this song give the wrong impression?
Thinking and welcoming your thoughts.