Tuesday, January 06, 2015

THE SHORTEST ROUTE TO SPIRITUAL MATURITY

BECOMING SPIRITUALLY MATURE, is a long, a life-long process. It is the journey of spiritual formation. For many of us, at least those who desire to become spiritually mature, we want to get there as quick as possible.

The Apostle Paul, in Romans 8:29, reminds us that one of the goals of the Christian life is to become conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.  I would say that this is a call to return to our original purpose, implanted in us in creation, in the Garden of Eden.  It is there that we were created in the Image of God, to be His Image bearers in the world He created.

The work of conformation entials the work of renewal and transformation, as once again the Apostle Paul commends us to in Romans 12:1-2. It is in this renewal and transformation by the Spirit of God of our hearts and minds that we can once again return to the purpose for which we were created; to be God worshiping image bearers for the LORD's glory and for His Kingdom.

The frustrating part for many of us is we want the shortest distance of spiritual formation to spiritual maturity. But the greater truth is the shortest way is not the best way.  We cannot rush through spiritual formation and if we try to we shall miss the true beauty God has for us.

I watched this TED Talk and was drawn to it's truth and application to the journey of spiritual formation.  I pray it will be an encouragement to you on your journey.

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