Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own…-Philippians 3:12
“It is a snare to imagine that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do; God’s purpose is to make us one with Himself. The emphasis of holiness movements is apt to be that God is producing specimens of holiness to put in His museum.” – Oswald Chambers

Once the illusion of perfection vanishes, as it always does, those deep into the trek after the Serving King will join Paul’s refrain, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect…”; but then the pressing question arrives, “What has the pursuit of perfection really been about?”  For some, the pursuit of holiness is nothing more than “..producing specimens of holiness to put in His museum,” showpieces to be marveled at by the many.  Those striving for the showpiece will cease and desist immediately upon discovering the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow can never be had, ever out of reach for even the most determined trekker.  Trophy gone, trek gone…

But other trekkers, never pausing to notice the museum “…press on to make it my own” knowing nothing of specimens of holiness or showpieces for the museum, barely aware of the transformation taking place; instead, theirs is a profound desire to know Him in the most intimate manner possible.  Perfection for them is a perfection of intimacy with Him, a loving Him with all the heart, mind and soul (Luke 10:27).  And such perfection of love can never be quantified in doing, but rather, only in being in Him in the most profound manner possible, intimacy of the highest kind.

And therein lies the secret, the mystery of holiness:  it is only found by those pressing deeper and deeper into knowing Him.  Holiness, Christian perfection, perfect love, sanctification, etc… is nothing more than the by-product of intimacy with Him.  It is in knowing Him, loving Him, that ‘museum pieces‘ appear unawares of the radical transformation unfolding in them. 

The great distraction of ‘holiness people’ has always been the temptation to emphasize the ‘specimens of holiness’ rather than the holy relationship with Him who is Holy.  The confusion arises out of the by-product of genuinely knowing Him.  Those who know Him in the intimacy of love soon reflect the being and doing of Him who is known.  It is the unavoidable consequence rendering the trekker showroom ready, a showpiece for the real world.  Resist the temptation to be on display in the museum on the street corner; instead, be on full display in the museum of life.  Trek on as His way of being and doing becomes an ever-present reality in you…

Things to consider...

Are you satisfied with what God has done thus far in your life?

What fruit has come as a result of your knowing Him?