O Lord, being thankful is hard
When my heart feels pierced by a shard
Of this world, now broken and torn
By people so lost and forlorn
If gates of Hell we would raze
We must learn to weaponize praise
Union with Christ, if it’s true
Leads to reproducing You
Freedom from sin
Means deep within
I’m letting You make “me” anew
We’d much rather they’d bought the farm
(those Others who do to us harm)
Or at least find a way
To do as we say
Lest they be led off by gendarme!
The truth that my heart has been brewing
Is that Christ-likeness comes from UN-doing
Trusting in Jesus
Means that He frees us
From lesser things that we’re pursuing
Our flesh is the shame
God built into our genes
To help us survive
Lord help me to see
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Are you ready to:
- Embrace the One who created the universe as the Heavenly Father who loves you like Jesus?
- Submit your awareness, values, and goals to becoming more like Christ’s?
- Receive God’s Spirit, Word, and Body to reveal and heal the wounds in your spirit that hinder you from becoming like Jesus?
- Value God’s happiness, glory, and relationships more than your own?
- Practice generosity and vulnerability so others can see Christ in you?
- Surrender childlike happiness for the grown-up joy of loving like Jesus?
Discipleship: Make Us Like Jesus
As we mentioned last time, the whole point of being a Christian is to become like Jesus: knowing God and loving others the way He did. In fact, the very word “Christian” means “little Christ.” We are supposed to be pictures of Jesus Christ, the way Jesus is a picture of God the Father.
So how do we get there?
A kind friend pointed out that the seminary focuses I dissed in my last post:
- Theological knowledge
- Pastoral skills
- Relational experiences
may not be sufficient for spiritual maturity, but are necessary.
In fact, what I should have said is that the latter require the former:
In Which We Are Set Apart For Obedience to Jesus, And Suffer For It — Becoming Holy in The Process
This week we round out our discussion on salvation and conviction by focusing on sanctification, or holiness, words that include being both “set apart” and “made righteous.” The overall idea is forming God’s character in us the way we were originally created to be, before mankind was corrupted.
The process of sanctification is central to our calling as disciples and leaders, yet often poorly understood. Let us dig into God’s word to try to find out what all it involves…