Our son children brought the smooth rocks on the right to me from a trip they took to the ocean a few years ago. They knew I had kind of have a thing of using rocks to decorate the yard with. I brought them with me to Northern Minnesota when we moved. The rough rocks I pick up the other day as hubby and took a short walk on a wooded trail near where we live.
When I started my walk with the Lord at 35 year of age, I was rough around the edges. As my pastor would tell me, I was a diamond in the rough. That worldly rough wisdom I had learned from the world God would use to show me what didn't work in life. From the minute I became a believer He begin to knock those rough edges and dirty place off me.
As I walked with Him on a daily bases and especially through some tough trials He begin to smooth the edges off me and clean me up. The Bible calls this the process of sanctifications and He does this for every believer.
I see me now in those smooth rock my grandchildren gave me. The ocean change the look of rocks, as they wash over and over and changed their appearance to be more pleasant to look at. They are certainly are easier to handle then those rough dirty jagged edge ones on the left.
Sanctification is the process of becoming more like Christ in our conduct and character. The objective of this pursuit of moral integrity is to be holy as God is holy (1 Pet. 1:15, 16).
In his recent book, How Does Sanctification Work?, David Powlison gives us five factors towards our sanctification: