John 20:17 KJV | “Jesus saith unto her, touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father.”
A rocket cannot make it to outerspace until it attains its escape velocity; until it hits the minimum speed required to escape from the earth’s gravitational pull.
Similarly, there are dimensions and measures of God we cannot know until we cross certain thresholds. There are depths and heights in Him we cannot reach until we part ways with the flesh. There’s a weight of His glory we cannot carry, until we pay the full price of consecration.
God is holy. He has also called us to be holy; to be set apart for Himself. He cannot have us mingle and cling to other stuff and still be intimate with Him. Sin – self – must be put away from us for us to ascend and soar to glorious heights with Him. (Hebrews 12:1-2) Holy Spirit, free us from ourselves, and empower us to surrender completely to your will.