Killing sin is the focus of the Christ follower until the time they see Jesus face to face.
The author of Hebrews admonished,
Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness — without it no one will see the Lord.Hebrews 12:14 (CSB)
One reason the Holy Spirit indwells us is to sanctify us. This is both a one time event and an ongoing process. When we come to Christ through repentance and faith, we are sanctified (set apart as holy) by the Holy Spirit. At the same time, we still have sin in our lives and fight against it. The Holy Spirit works in us the will to follow Christ and the ability to work to do so.(Philippians 2:12-13) He works to conform us into the image of Christ each day that we follow Him. This process will continue in the lives of disciples of Jesus until the day we see Him face to face. We respond to the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives by pursuing holiness and by repenting from sin when we fall.
The Puritan John Owen put it this way
Always be killing sin or it will be killing you.John Owen
We are powerless in our fight against sin without the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work in our lives. We are also hindered if we neglect the Word of God which is the sword of the Spirit. We need to put on the full armor of God if we are to fight against sin (Ephesians 6:10-20).
Are you fighting sin on a daily basis? Are you pursuing holiness in your life? Are you responding to the Holy Spirit’s work in your life by practicing daily spiritual disciplines? Are you seeking to grow the fruits of the Spirit on your life?
These activities all contribute to seeking to kill sin in our lives and pursuing holiness.
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Tim is the Director of the Global Center for Youth Ministry and Associate Professor for Youth Ministry & Missions at Anderson University. He is lead pastor/planter of Mosaic Church of Anderson. Tim is also the author of Engaging Generation Z (Kregel Academic), No Better Gospel (Seeds Publishing Group), and the author and editor of Navigating Student Ministry (B&H Academic). His comments do not reflect the views of his employers and are his own personal views on various subjects.