Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith–that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, (Phi 3:8-10 ESV)
As we seek to be holy people the primary need is to exalt Jesus. All too often we have suggested that holiness is an “it” that God does “it” in my life. So we ask, “Have you got “it?” Has God done this process, [this thing]. Have you had “the crisis?”
But the question is, is Jesus the sole, only, reigning Lord of my life? Is Jesus’ mind being recreated in me? Is Jesus being glorified by my behavior? Are people being drawn to Jesus because of my life? Is Jesus becoming more beautiful, more desirable because of what He is doing in my life? Any movement that focuses on Jesus which calls attention to Jesus, which glorifies Jesus, can’t go very far wrong. But if we make our emphasis on us, on our performance, our behavior, our actions, we are walking on the edge of the cliff.
Sanctification is Jesus. It is not an “it.” It is a HIM and if we will focus on Jesus, if we will put Jesus at the absolute center of our lives and deny His place to anything else, holiness is going to follow like morning follows night. Exalt Jesus, focus on Jesus, focus on the reality. Holiness is a passion not a performance. It is a passion for Jesus, a passion to know His ways, a passion to know His life, a passion to be like Him.