Partake – living as a Christian…
Paul wrote to Romans 8:28-29: 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.
Likewise to the Corinthian church, Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 3:18: 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.
When you became a Christian, you started an exciting journey in the Christian life. Success in the Christian life is not an accident. It is a direct result of living in harmony with the basic principles of life set forth in the Bible. The Christian life is not a matter of expecting spiritual maturity to occur overnight. The Bible lays down standards and principles of living which we need to follow with God’s strength, if we are to continue living at peace with God, our fellow men, and ourselves. We need to know what God expects of us and what guidelines He has given us to achieve this quality of life. As we apply the principles and guidelines of Scripture to our lives, we are transformed into the likeness of Christ – which is the journey we are on (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Cor. 3:18).
A Happy And Successful Life Is Possible And Normal
Jesus said ‘I have come to bring them life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10). This is achieved as we allow Jesus Christ to live this life through us so that we start to think and respond like He does, to the people and circumstances around us. We need to learn how to see circumstances and people from God’s perspective, rather than reacting on the basis of feelings. When we respond to circumstances on the basis of our feelings that is when conflict, stress, tension and depression enter. When we respond to circumstances by looking from God’s perspective, it builds and shows a transformed character as we become more like Jesus. Over the next few sessions we will look at various topics together and see how spiritual maturity is gained and lives continuing to transform into the image of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For more to think about please read Colossians chapter 1 verses 9 to 13.