So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed....Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran.
What is Sanctification?
Sanctification is a continuous lifelong process and it comes in two phases. First, it separates or removes anything that impedes your spiritual growth. Second, it replaces impediments with supports to nurture optimum spiritual growth (Do You Need a Cleanse?).
Terah, Abraham's father
Genesis 11:27-32 prefaces the above verse with an account of Terah, Abram’s father. Terah and his entire family lived in Ur of the Chaldees. In obedience to God, Terah was in the process of relocating his family, Abram included, from Ur to the land of Canaan. En route to Canaan, Terah crossed the city of Haran and decided to settle his family there. Very little has been discovered by archeologists about the ancient city of Haran during the patriarchal era. What they are certain of is that these people worshiped many idols. Terah died and was buried in Haran and his mission to relocate his family to Canaan was never realised.
Genesis 12 picks up where Genesis 11 leaves off. God now asks Abram to complete the mission assigned to Terah and move his family to Canaan. Abram complies with God and ‘departed as the Lord instructed’.
Terah began the sanctification (separation) process with his family but he did not complete it. Abram finished the sanctification process, removed all whom he was responsible for from idol worship, and his entire family was blessed. Sanctification separates the men from the boys.
2 Corinthians 6:16-18 NLT,
And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: ‘I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my (adult) sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.' (parentheses added)
Child or grown up?
When we are born again, we become children of God, period. Our maturity level on the other hand, is entirely up to us. We can live our lives as immature children doing whatever we please and never realizing our destiny. Or, we can be responsible adults and an asset to the Kingdom of God. It takes full grown men and women to complete God's mission on this earth. The choice belongs to us.
Father, I know it gives You great pleasure to be the integral part of my life and to train and watch me grow up into a full grown adult. My relationship with You grows sweeter and the responsibilities become greater as I grow up under Your guiding hand. Help me to be all that You created me to be and to fulfill all that You destined for me to do. I love and trust You completely. In Jesus Name, Amen.