To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God…-Revelation 2:7
“Life without war is impossible either in nature or in grace. The basis of physical, mental, moral, and spiritual life is antagonism. This is the open fact of life.” – Oswald Chambers

Deep into the trek after the Serving King, the anticipation of a “…life without war,” the journey-long conflict between ‘spiritual mind’ and ‘fleshly mind’ finally begins to wane.  The war, relentless and exacerbating at times, begins to fade as His way of being and doing becomes innate, your way of being and doing.  The mind of Christ, long pursued, finally begins to manifest, spontaneously, without the pause of days gone by, the necessity of asking, “What would Jesus do?”  Paul’s plea, “Have this mind…” (Philippians 2:5) has finally, these many days into the trek, become a reality.  His mind has become your mind.  The skirmish for mind is finally finished.  And so you would like to think, the war is finally over, this war between ‘spirit’ and flesh. 

But you have confused sanctification, the cleansing of the inner being (Romans 7:22), “I delight in the law of God in my inner being,” with a cease fire, the cessation of all conflict.  A cessation of conflict is never the case for those continuing deep into the trek after the Serving King.  Instead, you have joined the few, those disciplined warriors, having embraced His way of both being and doing, now facing the final frontier:  the war to subdue the “…sin that dwells in my members” (Romans 7:23).  And yes, this final hiding place of sin is the final frontier, trench warfare in the ugliest manner possible.  The territory of the flesh, long dominated by sin, must be redeemed inch by inch.  Sin has ruled this domain for a ‘lifetime’, literally, your lifetime.  Its roots are deep and pervasive.  This battle will not be pleasant nor quick, and can truly only begin when the mind of Christ, His way of being and doing has finally arrived, cleansing the mind, the beachhead of the battle front, is finally His. 

This is the place of Christian maturity, the final frontier, where the “…sin that dwells in my members” must be vacated, rooted out, trench by trench, piece by piece.  Here, you are no longer content to “…serve the Law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin” (Romans 7:23).  You have arrived at the final frontier, that majestic place where mind begins to overpower flesh, one trench at a time, one step at a time.  Christian maturity, yeah, even actualized righteous, is just over that distant ridge.  Trek on…

Things to consider...

Have you experienced the life without war?

How does Christian maturity differ from sanctification?