In the previous post, I shared what it means to have Christ be formed in you. Now you may wonder, how does this happen and what is the process?
This can only happen as we grow spiritually.
My friend once narrated the ordeal required in caring for a baby. It takes a whole lot to feed and clean and watch over a baby. Babies demand attention every single step of the way. And you lose sleep because your life revolves around them.
For a while, she felt displaced because she had to provide all the attention she could offer.
Because a baby is helpless and depends on everyone around her. Babies cannot do much. They cry when uncomfortable, hungry and many other puzzling things. But we love them don’t we? We don’t mind cleaning their mess when they poo or vomit and would gladly pardon them when they mess up.
“Oh, she’s just a baby. It’s okay. She doesn’t know what she’s doing. Let her be.’
But imagine if that baby clocks five or ten years old and is still urinating on her body. Imagine if that child is still crawling and has the understanding of a baby. The joy initially experienced by the parents will definitely turn to sorrow.
Soon, that child will become a shame or a disgrace to the family.
The Goal of Spiritual Growth
Unfortunately, this is how many believers are in God’s kingdom. The day we got born again, God and the angels were elated over us. Just like my friend in the story above, God is so mindful of that child that he gives her all the attention she needs.
Why is God going all out for a new babe in the kingdom?
Because He is hoping that the child will one day grow up to become like Jesus within. He is hoping that all the effort he’s pouring into that baby will result in something beautiful at the End. That child will grow up to please Him and make Him proud.
Like Jesus. We can say I and our Father are One because we think alike, respond alike and love alike.
You can’t trust a baby. But you can trust a Son. You can sleep off knowing that your Son will take care of things in your absence.
Because your Son has matured to become like you, and you think alike, you can display him proudly.
In bringing many sons to GLORY, it was fitting for God, for whom and through whom all things exist, to make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. For both the One who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are of the same family. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them BROTHERS.
The Importance of Obedience in Sonship
God loves us regardless of our obedience. The same way I would love my child regardless of how much he keeps misbehaving.
But I would rather that child obey me so he can become a responsible person in future. Because after a while, if he continues to misbehave, people will conclude he’s a bastard or an orphan.
The probability of him rolling with the wrong crowd and getting killed is high.
Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Sober up as you ought, and stop SINNING; for SOME of you are ignorant of God. I say this to your shame.1CORINTHIANS 15:34
Because that child isn’t showing traits that can be connected to the Family Tree. Such a child is even ignorant of the way things are done in the family.
If you do not experience discipline like everyone else, then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.hebrews 12:8
Paul was talking to believers in the above scriptures.
Obedience is the only way our souls can transform into Christ. The more we listen to Christcentric teachings, the more God gives us instructions to obey and practice what we’ve heard. And this purpose has been my motivating factor.
Therefore everyone who HEARS these words of mine and puts them into PRACTICE is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.WORDS OF JESUS-MATTHEW 7:24
Learning to be Led by God
Allowing ourselves to be led by God shows our cooperation with God. It affirms that we are willing to grow into True Sons. We are eager to be transformed.
- In my career choices, I choose to be led by God. I will obey God.
- When considering a spouse, I will follow God’s leading.
- In my writing, blogging and creativity, I choose to be led by God.
- In my lifestyle and daily activities, I’m open to the leading of the Spirit on how to move and respond.
If I falter, God is there to pick me back up again so I can keep running.-Proverbs 24:16
I move with intention because I have a purpose. I am not running like everyone else. Like Paul, I need to run my race with intention.
There’s a purpose for my pain. There’s a purpose in every delay. My motivation to stay in the fire is fuelled by obedience to His will.
In my obedience, I am transforming.
Because I am aiming for One thing.
To have Christ formed in me. -Galatians 4:19
This purpose strengthens me to wait according to God’s timing.
- It gradually eliminates my fears: the fear of tomorrow and fear of being forgotten by the world.
- It prevents me from rushing into my own agenda while I wait for God’s own agenda.
- It coaxes me to keep submitting my will and ways to God while he directs me in His own wills and ways.
When we were babies, God had his mind full of us.
Spiritual growth (Adulthood) demands we must in turn have our minds full of Him.
Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law?”Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with ALL your HEART and with ALL your SOUL and with ALL your MIND. This is the FIRST and GREATEST commandment.matthew 22:38
I hope this purpose helps you refocus and align your goals in future. I trust God regarding you.
Bloom with Love. Xx!
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