“There’s more work to be done concerning your sanctification.”
And more of the ones who aren’t doing it themselves are gonna tell you what you should be doing regarding your sanctification.
Here’s my advice: Forget trying to improve people (or yourselves) in God’s eyes. Dump that “3rd use” baloney, and just preach the law and the gospel, to kill off and to make alive again.
And BEFORE you write in with your 27 page tome with excerpts from the Lutheran Confessions and the Bible to buttress your little self-improvement/righteousness project…take a good long look in the mirror and honestly ask yourself what this project has done for you.
Jesus spoke to Nicodemus and laid some heavy ideas on him. Actually these “new” ideas weren’t heavy at all, but they were light…and freeing. But they were radically different and frightening to people stuck in the self-justification/sanctification, living by the law (for righteousness) game.
The sanctification of the righteous, the religion project, the improving yourself in the eyes of God project are all things that work against what Jesus brought to this world, and to you, via His cross and resurrection.
Give this one 10 minutes of your time. It may be the most productive 10 minutes you’ve spent in a long time.