The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
As I read the account of Lazarus this morning, I was reminded that salvation happens in three parts and that the part in which I find myself — viz., sanctification — can be discouraging.
When I first placed my trust in Christ, that is when He justified me; wiped away my sins and made me right with the Father. A parallel to that occurrence in the story of Lazarus might be Jesus calling Lazarus and Lazarus coming out of the grave. But neither story ends there.
My story is now in the place where God is sanctifying me; stripping away the things in me that displease Him. Like the wrappings around Lazarus, there are things that bind me and restrict my progress in Christ. I need to be unbound and let go.
That is my prayer this morning: that God would unbind me from one more wrapping, one more bit of cloth that occludes my ability to see things clearly.