But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain.  On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.-1 Corinthians 15:10
“The way we continually talk about our own inability is an insult to the Creator. The deploring of our own incompetence is a slander against God for having overlooked us.” – Oswald Chambers

A theology of incompetence has long impeded those deep into the quest after the Serving King determined to reach for the highest fruit, holiness, the actualized way of His being and doing.  The many, abandoning the call to excellence, actualized holiness, long ago have mastered the art of clubbing any dear soul seeking the ‘highway of holiness’ (Isaiah 35:8), insisting no such highway can exist for creatures like us, sinners saved by grace, beyond redemption of the highest kind, actualized righteousness.

Feigning terror at the mere suggestion of holiness, clubbing it as prideful arrogance, the many deter with great vigor anyone daring to tread upon this highway of holiness.  And so the few who see it, this highway of holiness, are deterred from following it, restrained by a false humility espoused by the lazy or incompetent unwilling to abandon the old ways, the incompetence that once recklessly dominated any who dared to strive for holiness.  But He has changed all of that.  Redemption has come.

The Spirit of the Serving King knows no such ‘incompetence’.  To the contrary, He has not only mastered the ways of the Serving King, but stands ready to teach all who would follow Him into the ways of Serving King, the highway of holiness.  He is “…the grace of God that is with me.”  He is the needed resource for those daring to strive for actualized righteousness.  And yes, He is with you as well, ready to empower and enable even you.

Yet, incompetence in His ways of being and doing cannot be overcome by simply wishing; rather, like Paul, you must be ready to “…worked harder than any of them.”  And there it is, the missing piece separating the few from the ‘many’:  Hard work.  It is the way of those trekking deepest into the ways of the Serving King, rising above the incompetence stifling the many.

The many, thinking grace a liberator from work, abandon hard work ever demeaning the few who strive on toward the highway of holiness.  Be not dissuaded.  Hard work is the fruit of His grace, empowering those who embrace it to surrender incompetence freed from the old ways, liberated to pursue the illusive destination, actualized righteousness, His way of being and doing.  The new has come.  The highway of holiness is before you.  Trek on…

Things to consider...

In what way does grace unleash the possibility of hard work?

What specific hard work still lies ahead in your quest to trek after the Serving King?

What dimensions of actualized holiness have appeared in your life?