Last night I was looking for a specific experience recorded in the life of one of the saints of the past. While not finding it here, I did find a real gem of a quote from Oswald Chambers (a.k.a. Ozzy C.)

Holiness is not an attainment at all, it is the gift of God, and the pietistic tendency is the introspection which makes me worship my own earnestness and not take the Lord seriously at all. It is a pious fraud that suits the natural man immensely. He [God] makes holy, He sanctifies, He does it all. All I have to do is come as a spirituals pauper, not ashamed to beg, to let go of my right to myself and act on Romans 12:1-2. It is never ‘Do, do and you’ll be’ with the lord, but ‘Be, be and I will do through you.’ It is a case of ‘hands up’ and letting go, and then entire reliance on Him.