A few weeks ago, I heard an analogy regarding sanctification. Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church Seattle stated that sanctification is something like pedals on a bicycle. He stated that “God initiates and we respond“. In other words, God pushes the pedal down on one side and our act is to react to his initiation by responding. He initiates the changes in our life, it is our job to then respond to those changes. We react by pushing the pedal down on our side so he can again initiate another change in our lives.
I’ve often heard it called the “refining process”, but I like this image too. God puts the “ball in our court” by initiating a chance in our life and our walk. It is then our choice to respond and keep things moving.