For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
~ Romans 8:13, ESV ~
When we first started on the path of a mindful and spiritual Christian journey, the approach we may have taken was to have an immediate change toward spiritual maturity. We believe that our growth provided immediate gratification, resolved our difficulties we faced. However, in living a mindful and spiritual Christian life, we begin to see we are engaging in a lifelong pursuit.
Within Christianity, and with our own personal Christian experience, there are three components to our spiritual growth and maturation. The first is the process of Justification. The second is the process of Sanctification. And, the third is that of Glorification. Justification is what takes place at the point of our conversion toward following Christ. Through Christ, we are justified and made whole and complete. This is instantaneous. It is where we experienced our own personal spiritual awakening.
The process of sanctification is our own personal path toward maturation. This is where we commit to walking by faith in God. Here, we receive counsel and guidance along our path. Sometimes, we may falter, take other paths that appear to be short cuts. Sanctification is the process of where we are continually learning to trust in God, and daily surrender our will and life over to His care. It is through this experience where we receive enlightenment. Enlightenment that provides truth and life for us.
Today, we focus on the tasks that encourage ongoing spiritual growth. We place our trust and faith in God and surrender to Him and His care.