What are you becoming? Author M. Robert Mulholland, Jr, says, “We fail to realize that the process of spiritual shaping is a primal reality of human existence…”
Everyone is in a process of spiritual formation! Every thought we hold, every decision we make, every action we take, every emotion we allow to shape our behavior, every response we make to the world around us, every relationship we enter, every reaction we have toward the things that surround us and impinge upon our lives – all of these things, little by little, are shaping us into some kind of being.
We are being shaped into either the wholeness of the image of Christ or a horribly destructive caricature of that image – destructive not only to ourselves but also to others, for we inflict our brokenness upon them. (Mulholland, Invitation to a Journey, 23)
We are each being spiritually formed through every interaction and action of the day. The question is whether we are becoming formed into the image of Christ, or into something else.
Transformed into the image of Christ.
Bold words. A bold calling. But it is our job as Christians to become disciples of Christ. The job of the disciple is to model the Master. In the words of the Apostle Paul, we are being transformed into the image of Christ (Romans 12:2). This is our hope – that we will continue to become more and more like Christ as we are drawn closer to Him through the grace of God. Our experiences form us, and God transforms us.
But what does it look like to be a disciple of Christ? What does it mean to be continually transformed to look more and more like Jesus? Our busy lives deplete us and leave us drained and feeling like we have no time to devote to our formation. But what if it is true, that even our busyness is forming us spiritually? In answer to these questions, Jesus gave His disciples an invitation and a challenge – He said, “Follow Me” (the invitation), and, “I will make you…” (the challenge). All they needed to do was to follow – Jesus would do the rest.
And what an amazing transformation we see in the disciples over the short time they walked with Jesus! Jesus said about them, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15).
Imagine – these once-strangers who were drawn from their fishing boats and tax tables to follow this wandering teacher and wonder-worker. He calls them friends. He knows they will reject Him, will deny Him, will betray Him. But He calls them friends. And He entrusts His mission to them – before they understand anything they are sent out early in their discipleship, sent to imitate what they have seen Jesus doing (Mark 6).
How do you draw near to Christ? How do you learn to walk in His shoes? In what ways is God transforming you?
In March of 2014, BelPres had the opportunity to come together to explore answers to some of these questions through the Immerse: Fill Up With God Weekend. One person shared about his experience this way:
“I so needed a weekend just to be filled. Sometimes life gets so busy that it is hard to remember to spend time with God. This weekend gave me some practical ways to do that; it really met me where I [was] at. I have always felt envious of people that have said they have seen God or heard God only to learn that God has constantly been talking to me; I just haven’t listened.”
Into what are you becoming?
How is God reaching out to transform you?
Join us March 4-5, 2016 for the Immerse Weekend to find out.