—Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (25 November, "The Secret of Spiritual Coherence")
Many of us just want a Comforter, not a King. We want an endless wellspring of forgiveness for our own sakes, so that we can do as we please, as much as we please, as often as we please, with whomever we please. But that's not what the Cross is for. It is a directional grace. We are set free from sin and death to follow the King, to love what He loves, to serve those He serves, to do as He commands. Certainly none of us have arrived yet, but if we have no interest in this kind of journey or its destination, integrity demands we go back to that Cross and get honest. We cannot embrace the Comforter and reject the King.