Sanctification was a major theme of much of George MacDonald's writing, though he didn't necessarily refer to the process of growing in holiness by that term. I think he would have liked this quote from Oswald Chambers' devotional, My Utmost for His Highest:
"Sanctification means to be intensely focused on God’s point of view. It means to secure and to keep all the strength of our body, soul, and spirit for God’s purpose alone."
In our latest contest, we'll be giving away three vintage MacDonald volumes (for which Dan MacDonald is even now scouring the darkest corners of the most obscure bookstores in far-off locales) during the course of the summer. To enter, write an essay of at least 800 words related to the topic of sanctification. It need not be concerned with MacDonald's point of view, although his works provide rich material on the subject--the Eastern Orthodox, or Reformed, or Roman Catholic or other perspectives are welcomed! Each month during June, July, and August we'll award one vintage volume for the best essay submitted that month.
To kick things off, Onesimus has written an essay that compares the ideas of MacDonald and John Wesley (who made sanctification a central point of his theology).
Send your essays to firstname.lastname@example.org, and best of luck!