What is God’s primary target when He sanctifies? We, as finite humans, are pretty much limited to what we can see and physically measure. We are forced to judge the inner man by what we see in the outer man. God comes at it from the opposite point of view. He can see both the inner man and the outer man but His primary measuring stick is the “heart” (3820).
Behavior is always important. Righteous living is expected. Uprightness is required. But the point of reference is the heart. When Peter is trying to explain why he knew that Gentiles could be saved he did not point to them keeping he law. He referred back to what happened to the disciples at Pentecost and the purifying of the heart.
(Acts 15:8-9 KJV) And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.So? Keep working on the outward man. Always remember that it is not an option. Also know that if you have not allowed God to purify the inner man you face a hopeless task. Pray and believe in what the Holy Spirit is waiting to do in your heart.