When we try to do both parts we strive towards Religious legalism that tries to shape or prove the heart by changing external actions. Since this is about self improvement or paying back that which cannot be paid back (salvation), this can only lead to pride (if successful) or despair (if failure).
If we understand that sanctification is God's part, our part is only consecration....which is the dedication of the pursuit of knowing God (deeper relationship) more and more. Like Mary at the feet of Jesus (Luke 10). God changes our hearts which changes our actions to His glory not the glory of our own will power ( which does nothing for our heart)..
(Rom 8:35-37 NASBEC)
When we are Lovers of God we will obey Him. When we obey Him this goes against the system of this world and will always bring "tribulation, distress, persecution...sword" toward us. If your life is not marked by these things, then maybe we love ourselves more than God and are instead seeking self preservation (comfort, security, control...etc).
Jesus says simply "follow me". When we follow Him, He shows us what's to be sacrificed. If we choose we try and make deals with God. " I will sacrifice this if you let me keep this..." He wants to dismantle our idols to draw us in to a deeper relationship with Him.
16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
(Rom 8:16-17 NASBEC)
Key phrase: we suffer with Him
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