Why We’re Writing: My Desire Is to be Sanctified
By Mallory Bierig
If you’ve ever been around kids, it’s likely you’ve found yourself in this moment, a child is frantically running towards you, out of breath and desperately trying to communicate something, but all you hear are unintelligible sounds. You stare at him blankly and see frustration flicker in his eyes. He tries again- still nonsense. You put your hand on his shoulder and say, “Take a couple of deep breaths. Slow down. Tell me one more time.” The sounds begin to form words, and you now know that his friend, Johnny, is tangled upside down on the monkey bars.
Well, that’s important to know.
I find that I am often the panting, exasperated child on the playground as I wade through the Christian life. There are days unintelligible sounds pour forth from my soul as I seek to live faithfully and grow in Christ-likeness. My responsibilities and innumerable to-do’s leave me winded and trapped in my own head. In these moments, I must remember the finished work of the cross and this beautiful truth for the Christian:
“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” -1 Thessalonians 5:24-25
God will sanctify me. He will grow me to become more like Him, so others will know of His greatness; “he will surely do it.” This will happen in the believer’s life because HE is faithful. Wayne Grudem defines sanctification as “a progressive work of God and man that makes us more and more free from sin and like Christ in our actual lives.” God is sanctifying us and we must pursue sanctification. This truth transforms my unintelligible sounds to words and actions for the kingdom of God.
Writing, as a discipline, is one way we can pursue sanctification, and it has proven to be one of the most steadying of breaths in my own life. Writing causes us to slow down, think deeply, and say truth again. It serves as one of our efforts to move towards Christ-likeness as God moves in us “a progressive work of God and man.”
The pursuit of sanctification is one of the reasons I am writing here at Thinking and Theology. The battle to know truth and pursue sanctification is good and hard work. As we hammer the keys to communicate truths about God’s Word, we are inevitably sanctified. We are convicted through the study of the Word as we pen our articles, encouraged and rebuked by our sisters as they edit what we’ve written, and filled with thanksgiving as God allows us to click save for the last time. All of these things work to “make us more and more free from sin and like Christ in our actual lives.” I am praying as God sanctifies us through our writing, He will use it to aide in your sanctification as well.
We challenge you to pick up your own pen, pencil, or keyboard and allow yourself to take a deep breath. Spend time dwelling on the truth of the Word and examining the depths of your heart. Whether you begin writing down your prayers, journaling, or typing out the theology of a passage, get those minds and pens moving for your sanctification and for God’s glory. We will join you.