For this is the will of God, your sanctification…-1 Thessalonians 4:3
“Am I willing to let Jesus be made sanctification to me, and to let the life of Jesus be manifested in my mortal flesh? Beware of saying—‘Oh, I am longing to be sanctified.’ You are not, stop longing and make it a matter of transaction…” – Oswald Chambers

For those trekking after the Serving King, great confusion arises concerning sanctification and consecration, the former a God feat, the latter, “…a matter of transaction” dependent entirely upon you. The problem, not surprisingly, arises from the complexity of the human condition producing a veiled understanding of who you are and what you might offer to God. Hence, many well-intentioned trekkers present themselves to God as “living sacrifices” (Romans 12:1) thinking the transaction complete, commencing the waiting period as God fulfills God’s end of the transaction. 

What you have really done is present today’s understanding of who you are and what you have to offer.  But there is much more to you than even you have understood, and sanctification as a comprehensive cleansing of the inner being would have a far greater impact than you are able to understand or perhaps even bear.  Thus, what is sanctified is limited not merely to what you have offered but, additionally, what God deems prudent given your current state of affairs. The transaction is completed to the extent of your offer, yet there is so much more to be transacted in the depths of your being in the days yet to come.

And so, the life spent trekking after the Serving King follows a pattern of transactions, many transactions, each more profound and far reaching than the ones preceding it, producing an increasingly more Christlike way of being and doing, extending deeper and deeper into the very essence of who and what you are.  Life, for those continuing deep into the trek after the Serving King, is but a series of consecrations followed by the sanctifying act of God, redeeming and sealing your offering with each new understanding and consecration.

And yes, with each moment of sanctification, you understand with greater clarity, “If I offer, God will indeed sanctify,” unleashing the simple “matter of transaction,” increasingly more difficult as you mine deeper and deeper into the essence of your being, discovering ever new dimensions to consecrate to the King.  Like all great treasures hidden deep in the soul, the deeper you mine, the more difficult the transaction.  God’s sanctifying presence waits for your transaction…

Things to consider...

Why does everyday offer a new opportunity for presenting even more of who and what you are to God?

What unconsecrated particulars have you found lately?

In what way is sanctification instantaneous and yet a process?