Sanctification is indeed a white death.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard
pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not
destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.
So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”
– 2 Corinthians 4:7-12
It can’t be circumvented, and it can’t be stopped. It is what we ask for when we become disciples and exactly why Philippians 1:6 stands to be true. Death is always followed by life. When you plant a seed, it actually dies before it germinates.The Lord plants seeds in us all the time. These seeds are to bring forth new life to bear fruit of his goodness.
In order to be more Christ-like we have to die, like him. All of our old ways, thoughts, habits, and even some relationships. The things that took us further from his grasp have to go. There are situations that may be overwhelming, but they are purposed. If nothing else, they are to learn to traverse each circumstance with our heart open, no matter what even if it means pain. To soberly experience the valley and the mountaintop knowing who brought us to triumph. The saying that God doesn’t give us more that we can handle is a lie. Sometimes he gives us more so that we can grow and see that it is him that carries the load (Matt. 11-28-30).
What we believe is un-win-able in the human logic is actually the Win-Win in the spiritual realm. Our flesh dies, our Spirit consumes, and we walk in oneness with our Lord (Matthew 16:24-26 and Luke 9:23-26).
To be sanctified is to die in order to be reborn; to be challenged in order to have our faith strengthened in the presence of our Savior.
That’s the spiritual explanation. Does this make it easier? Nope. Growing pains are just what they are – painful. It’s a love-hate experience. It seems like everything multiplies by 3024240492042. There’s so much to do! But the Lord brings us various comforts so that we can push through the pain a little easier. Companionship is one of those comforts. Chocolate is another…. (just kidding).