But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit..” –  Romans 15:15-16
What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing. – Pablo Picaso

Many, encouraged by the trek of those whose clarity of instruction shines like a beacon on a hill in the darkest of nights, begin the trek after the Serving King intending to march toward the beacon on the hill.  Armed with good intentions, exuberance oozing from within, the many charge into the quest confident the hill well within walking distance; and, indeed it is, but not nearly so close as the novice imagines.

But the trek after the Serving King is a long one, longer than even the most seasoned vets expected, burning every ounce of exuberance, rendering even the hardiest of trekkers sluggards as the grade steepens toward the beacon on the hill, the glory of holiness beckoning home all those journeying after the Serving King.  And seasoned veterans, knowing the trail ahead, boldly remind you of the commitment to succeed, to carry on regardless of cost.  So they cheer for your success, boldly reminding you of the call of the Serving King, rally calls to even the most fatigued of the trekking saints.

Nonetheless, the challenge to conquer the hill requires far more than mere good intentions, more than the bold reminders and encouragement from veterans of previous treks, more than you are capable of having finally arrived at the moment of sanctification.  You have come as far as you are able. Well done.  But you have not finished, have not experienced the final aspects of redemptive regeneration as the Spirit of Him who calls reconstructs the deepest aspects of being.

There is still trail yet untrekked, journeys yet unexperienced, further to go for those desiring clarity of instruction, a life reflecting the glory of His ways of being and doing.  But this is the domain of the Spirit, requiring a sanctifying only possible in Him, a freedom and release from the old way ways of being and doing only He can provide.  Sanctification is the deathblow to the carnal still residing in your being, and consequent doing.  Only He can sanctify.  And so He does.  Walk on.  There is coming a strength you could not have imagined, and you will climb higher into the mountain of holiness than you have dared to dream or imagine.  You are being “…sanctified by the Holy Spirit.”   And yes, there is still further yet to go.  Trek on…

Things to consider...

Who are those people in our life cheering you on toward holiness as you trek after the Serving King?

Are you climbing higher into the mountain of holiness than ever before?