By Greg Laurie
“No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.”
Alan Redpath wrote, “The conversion of a soul is the miracle of a moment, the manufacture of a saint is the task of a lifetime.”
That process is called sanctification. Salvation is instantaneous, but sanctification, becoming more like Christ, takes a lot of time. In fact, it takes a lifetime.
The hardships of our lives are like God’s gym. We break down the muscle to build it up. James said, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow” (1:2–3 NLT).