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Lessons on transformation

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Narrow way by David Hayward

God provides each of us a unique divine curriculum here on earth for our transformation into the likeness of Christ.  What God began, he will complete, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
(Philippians 1:6 ESV)

Gerald Sittser (in his book, Water from a Deep Well) quotes Peter Kreeft, “Earth is not outside heaven; it is heaven’s workshop, heaven’s womb.” 137

In other words, says Sittser,

“God uses all things to change us for the better.  How we respond is important.  Life in this world is like a divine workshop; the stuff of daily experience—marriage and children, responsibilities and opportunities, interruptions and problems and suffering—the tools that God uses; the artist is God himself, who will sculpt the block of marble that we are into something extraordinary.” 138

Sittser suggests we ask ourselves daily the following three questions:

  • What is God trying to do in my life?
  • How is God using the stuff of ordinary experience to change me?
  • What choices can I make to give him freedom to work?

Sittser concludes this section, “The Christian faith is not a self-help religion, and mature Christians are not self-made people. . . True maturity must be God’s doing. Not that we are left with nothing at all to do.  God calls us to trust him, pray to him, surrender ourselves to him respond to his initiative and obey his commands.  Above all, we should remind ourselves daily of the goal which is complete transformation.”  138

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