Through and Through.

May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.

I Thessalonians 5:23a (NIV)

We just received word that my nephew’s PET scan following several months of chemotherapy is clear.

Along with this married, father of three children, we are all happy dancing around here like Snoopy in Charlie Brown’s Christmas play, praising God on high for doing what only He can do!

Imagine if my nephew requested we all pray for most of the cancer to be eliminated?


Imagine if I mopped up half the milk off the floor and left the rest – with no dog to lick it up?

What if I stopped short of taking my entire antibiotic prescription?

What if I only read only the first half of Romans 6:23…(For the wages of sin is death) and disregarded the rest (but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord)? 

Worse. What if Jesus hadn’t chosen obedience and seen His difficult mission through to its victorious ending?

To stop short of something is to miss out on the very best. It isn’t ‘through and through’. Not the entirely of which God speaks.

May the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely. I Thessalonians 5:23a (ASB)

No disrespect to Mary Poppins, but nothing less than the entire spoonful of medicine will do, whether it’s got sugar in it or not.

Through and through is like kneading yeast into the dough so it’s thoroughly distributed. Otherwise my yeast bread won’t rise well.

Maybe not at all.

In matters of cleanliness or health or baking, I want to experience nothing short of completion, a solid finish. A hallelujah ending.

Ah, but what about the process of sanctification?

Just how eager am I go let God have His way through and through?


Sanctification is that process whereby God transforms me to look and act and think far less like me and far more like Him. In preparation for His triumphant return, He’s after a blameless spirit, soul, and body. (I Thessalonians 5:23b)

But ‘through and through’ sanctification can be difficult,



I think that’s why Paul refers to God as ‘the God of peace’ here.

May the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely. (ASB)

As I decrease and He increases, sanctification ought to feel more like a loving shoulder massage. An experience I welcome.

God’s ‘through and through’ serves the ultimate purpose of using my life to illuminate a very dark world with the light of the Gospel. 

Been kneaded on lately? How has the God of peace Himself worked you through and through? 

Until next week, Merry Christmas, y’all!



  1. Margaret Eomurian says:

    Thanks for the reminder to remember Who it is that sanctifies us–not a harsh taskmaster but a loving Father and God of peace, Who is far more anxious than we are to transform us entirely, through and through.
    Thanks for another inspiring, blessing and challenging message.
    Dancing with you over our nephew;s healing.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      You are welcome. And…still happy dancing over what God has done in our nephew. May it be through and through on all levels.

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