And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification...” –  I Corinthians 1:30
Sanctification is an impartation, not an imitation. Imitation is on a different line. In Jesus Christ is the perfection of everything, and the mystery of sanctification is that all the perfections of Jesus are at my disposal, and slowly and surely I begin to live a life of ineffable order and sanity and holiness ‘Kept by the power of God’. – Oswald Chambers

For the child trekking after the Serving King, imitation is never a bad thing, but it ought never be confused with the real thing, sanctification, the impartation of the being and doing of Jesus, infused into the very nature of being and doing of those trekking after the Serving King.  You will be tempted to let imitation suffice, thinking it sufficient for the trek, but it is not.  Sooner or later, the imitation wears down losing its luster and, more importantly, consistency.  Imitation is but a shadow of the essence of sanctification.  Nonetheless, the shadow points to the proximity of His essence.  Sanctification is nearby.  Still, you must resist the temptation to be content with the shadow, pressing on instead to sanctification, the imparting of the nature of Jesus into the very essence of your being and doing.

When the battle royal has finished and self-interest has vacated the throne, the nature of the Christ seated and crowned Lord and rightful Ruler of your inner being, “…the perfections of Jesus are at my disposal, and slowly and surely I begin to live a life of ineffable order and sanity and holiness.”  This is no mere imitation of His being and doing in a series of moments strung together by the will of self-interest; no, this is now a state of being in which the nature of Jesus has been imparted, installed on the internal hard-drive of your being, His nature the new operating system coordinating and synchronizing all systems to reflect the nature of the Christ now reigning in your being.

And in that transformed condition, the trek takes on a new quality of being and doing unnoticeable to the casual observer satisfied with the close enough of well-done imitations flooding the avenues of Christianville, but gloriously self-evident to you.  This is no mere imitation of being and doing amongst the crowd.  Instead, the being and doing of Jesus has been imparted to you.  The ‘mystery of sanctification’ is now yours.

All doing now comes from an inner being transformed by the redeeming and healing presence of the Serving King.  This is an authentic new state of affairs, the slain king of self-interest cast to the wayside.  A radical shift has taken place.  The old has gone and the new has come.  And this new being will not fade in the days to come.  This King intends to reign…

Things to consider...

Why is it so easy to confuse the imitation with the real thing?

In what ways have you grown content with the imitation?