The Land of Sanctification

“Grace is opposed to earning, not to effort.”

Dallas Willard, The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship, p. 34

Once upon a time a father and his young son trekked through a vast wilderness split in two by a mighty river gorge. On approaching the canyon, the father said, “Son, you cannot cross, but I will build a bridge.”

In later years, as the father tried to teach his son, the son replied, “Dad, I was entirely dependent on your work to get me across that chasm. Why should I learn the ways of fatherhood? My salvation was entirely by virtue of your grace.”

The father replied, “On this side of Justification Bridge, be an imitator of me, as I am of Christ. And, in even the simplest of daily activities, do it with a mind to honor me. You’ve been gifted an abundant life of promise in this Land of Sanctification; work out the details with careful gratitude.”

1 Corinthians 11:1 | Ephesians 5:1 | 1 Corinthians 10:31 | Ephesians 2:8-10 | Philippians 2:12-13

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