Paul exhorts Christians not to be conformed to the world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We are united with Christ and God is conforming us to his image. We are conformed to the image of Jesus as we follow in his footsteps. We are united with him in his arrival, life, death, resurrection, ascension, and eventual return. His life is the mold that God uses to transform his people. One day, when we see the Lord, our transformation will cease, and we will be completely like him.
Christian transformation is not open-ended. We are not simply seeking to become the best people we can without any sense of what that may mean. The will of God perfectly lived by Christ is our aim. We will see this realized in an infinity of expressions with great diversity. However, we serve one God whose will is the goal of our transformation.
Eternal Father, lead us into your will. Transform us so that we, like Jesus, may fulfill your will.
The church patterns our life together on the story of Jesus in hopes that together we will be conformed to his image. As we make the yearly journey through Christ’s story, his life becomes the pattern of our shared life. The story of God in Christ gives structure to our ongoing discipleship.
~ Ryan Carter, Guard the Good Deposit: The Great Tradition for the Whole Church. Wichita: TUMI Press, 2019. pp. 48-49.
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