What is God up to? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Maybe things haven’t gone the way you have hoped in your life. Maybe the Christian life doesn’t seem to work for you. Maybe you’ve tried and failed to be a “good” Christian so often that you have finally given up. Maybe you have gone through significant trauma or loss in your life and not sensed God’s presence or seen His purpose in it. And maybe you have noticed that God doesn’t always answer the “why” question. There is one thing God wants you to know for sure. That whatever else God is up to, He is always up to your transformation.
God’s goal for you and me in salvation involves more than just providing us with an eternal life insurance policy. The goal of the Christian life is not heaven. That may be the final destination, but it is not the goal. God’s goal and number one priority for every one of his children is transformation.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Romans 8:28, 29
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Philippians 3:20, 21
All of these verses tell us that God is both committed and intentional about this process of remaking us into the image of Jesus Christ. It involves growing us spiritually so that we begin to think like Jesus, act like Jesus, love like Jesus and look like Jesus.
God wants us to be as serious and intentional as he is about our transformation. It is not so much about trying harder but training wisely. One aspect of God’s “work-out program” revolves around the practice of spiritual disciplines. These are activities that enable us to follow Jesus and model his rule of life. That is what this series is all about.
As you learn about different spiritual practices and work to incorporate them in your life, ask the Holy Spirit to help you customize a work-out program that will fit with your personality, season of life, and ways God is trying to stretch you. Your practice of each spiritual discipline may look differently from someone else but God’s goal will be the same.
I am so thankful that Woodcreek Church is a place where people really do want to grow spiritually and become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Over the next three months I want to challenge each of us to work hard at trying to incorporate some of these spiritual practices into the “Rhythm” of our lives. And as we do, we will put ourselves in a place where God can and will bring about an amazing transformation.
Growing with you,