One of these days they'll probably come to an end, but until then, here is one more post that was born out of a reflection from Reordered Love, Reordered Lives. Not only did that book launch all kinds of theological reflection for me, but it also stimulated spiritual musings as well. It was a devotional mine of treasures.
The Apostle Paul's calling was a vast one. He was supremely missional as an apostolic entrepreneur. He engaged the culture around him and provided an apologetic and witness that established churches wherever he went.
AND, he was equally committed to the maturity processes and developmental needs of those fledgling believers. Here is a significant statement that defined Paul's life purpose:
We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all His energy which so powerfully works in me. (Colossians 1:28-29)
To present everyone perfect in Christ.
The restoration of the image of God in His followers.
The repair of all that is broken in our lives.
The removing of all that is tarnished.
The renovation of the human heart.
This is what Paul's mission was and for many of you who are reading this blog site, that is our mission also.
WE GET TO DO THIS... !!!!!
Heck, we might even be getting paid to do this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We have been invited into the enormous privilege of being a part of this Divine Process in the lives of our friends and the people we care deeply about. (May I suggest we all pause for a moment and whisper thank-you to Christ for this invitation.)
This has to be some of the highest, holiest, hardest, and scariest work of leadership.
In one sense, we are advocates for and catalysts of the VIRTUOUS LIFE of CHRIST. We are to (in as many ways possible according to Colossians 1:28-29) assist people in discovering, embracing and boldly living the virtuous life of Christ-likeness.
I'd like to suggest that conversations about this be moved to the front burner of our awareness. I think we need to have prayer conversations with God as to how well we are doing this, first in our own lives, and then in the lives of those entrusted into our care.
I think we need to have conversations with our closest circles of friends and partners as to the influence we are having (or not) in their lives.
Tomorrow, I'll have a few suggestions for some conversation starters.
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