2,000 years ago the Apostle Paul wrote to Christians in Galatia: My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you . . . – Galatians 4:19 (NIV)
The apostle Paul paints an extremely vivid word picture in this verse. Now, I can hear the moms reading that verse and thinking, “Easy for Paul to say.” 🙂
But after we chuckle a bit may we not miss the point Paul is making. Just like a woman bringing a baby into this world, Paul was saying he had a laser-focus. He was determined. He had one goal in mind – to be used by God to form people who would make God’s Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
That was God’s goal for the Christians in Galatia . . . and it is God’s goal for us as well.
In The Hole in the Gospel Richard Stearns writes:
What is God asking for, really, from you and me? Much more than church attendance. More than prayer too. More than belief, and even more than self-denial. God asks us for everything. He requires a total life commitment from those who would be His followers.
Christ calls us to be His partners in changing the world. God isn’t interested in just making converts. He is interested in making world-changers. History makers.
As I write this blog we are one week into the new year. Let me ask you a question… how seriously are you taking your personal spiritual growth? Right now, as we start 2014. Are you pursuing your spiritual growth with passion?
With the intensity of a mom giving birth?
If yes, celebrate that fact and continue pressing on. If not, pray and ask God to light a fire inside of you when it comes to your pursuit of Christ.
Here is a challenge: whether you call them “New Year’s Resolutions” or not, what are some goals you should strive to accomplish — so that you reach new heights on your spiritual journey (i.e., so that Christ is formed in you) in 2014?
***Please join us this coming Sunday at The Eastside Vineyard Church. We are kicking off a brand new 6-week series titled “God is Good… All the Time???” For most of us, I bet we want to believe that God is good all the time but we struggle really, truly believing that. In this series we are going to be digging deep into the Scriptures to examine the heart and character of God. January 12th. 10:30am. More info at tevchurch.org***