“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, ‘Be ye holy; for I am holy…'” (1 Pet. 1:13-16).
Although we may complete and fulfill certain periods wherein we have set aside in order to consecrate ourselves to God, the desire to continuously draw closer to God is never extinguished within the heart of the one who is seeking to know God. The Apostle Paul says in the Epistle to the Philippians,
“…But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord: for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus…” (3:7-12).
In other words, Paul was so consumed with knowing the Lord intimately and also knowing, understanding and executing the will of the Lord for his life that nothing else matter to him…not even his own life (Acts 21:10-14; 23:11; 25:7-12; 26:30-32; 2 Tim. 4:6-8). Upon reading this about Paul’s life and his passion for the things of God, we must begin to truly take into consideration whether we are willing to consecrate and set ourselves apart for God’s will to be done in our lives…at any cost? We must begin to ask ourselves, “What price am I willing to know God in this way? How far am I willing to go?”
Jesus provides a spiritual ‘checklist’ for us to assist us in our decision-making,
“…If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and his mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?…or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?…So likewise, whosever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple…” (Lk. 14:26-28, 31, 33),
and qualifies this statement with His previous declaration,
“…No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God…” (Lk. 9:62).
We turn again unto Paul for the conclusion of the matter,
“…Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus…” (Phil. 3:13, 14).