~ Tim Challies
The Christian life is one of continually growing in obedience to God, of diligently working out the salvation Christ accomplished on our behalf. This work of sanctification begins at the moment of justification and ends only at the moment of final glorification. Between these moments, we are engaged in what one author has insightfully called “a long obedience in the same direction.” This obedience begins first in our heads and then works itself out into our hearts and hands, for to have renewed desires and renewed actions, we must first have renewed minds.
We are continuing our “8 Rules for Growing in Godliness,” a series of instructions for how to grow in conformity to Jesus Christ. We have seen that God calls us to trust the means of grace for our sanctification and tells us that we must battle hard against worldliness if we are to attain any measure of godliness. Our third rule for growing in godliness is this: Think holy thoughts. As we will see, we must think a particular kind of holy thought if we are to experience great progress in our sanctification.