First and most important, the purpose of this time away: to take my oldest to college. I’ll write on that more Saturday. Suffice it to say I’m excited for him and sad for the rest of us. He is an amazing young man who has brought a great deal of joy to our home.
Second, I’ve been reading some books by Dallas Willard on spiritual formation. Here’s what I’ve been thinking.
As a young kid in church I was strongly motivated to live a “holy” life. That meant doing and saying all the right things. What I would later realize is that these actions were closely linked to how I thought God approved or disapproved of me. When I got it right God was happy, when I got it wrong He was mad or sad or disappointed. The past seven years I’ve had a transformation in my thinking. I no longer connect God’s love and acceptance of me with what I do. That comes from both a proper view of God’s word and a loving reality of relationship that He has with me. I am loved by God.
So as I’m reading these books on spiritual transformation God is reminding me that the way I live my life is extremely important, not for Him but for me, my family and my world. So is my character, the inward force that controls my conduct, at the center of God’s transforming work? I am a new creation in Christ so are old things passing away?
Action: in what ways has your character changed over time because of your relationship to Christ? Post a comment to encourage others in their spiritual journey.