I have learned that there is no substitute for getting serious about my own formation into the image of Christ.
I don’t think I can overemphasize this one. After all, the Christ-in-you church begins with Christ-in-you individuals. Yet, any group of people who are not intentionally following Christ will no doubt be lured by the seductive voices of idols. These idols have a way of promising so much. In particular, they promise to heal our hurts and satisfy our hearts.
Yet, following Christ or living as a Christ-in-you person focuses on Christ as the one voice that must be heard above all others. We are called to trust his voice rather than the idols. This is an act of faith.
Far too many people focus on their involvement in church, their knowledge of the Bible, and their support of various church programs. Yet, the truth is that one can be busy with church activities without taking seriously the call of Jesus to come and follow him.
It really doesn’t matter how many books I’ve read, how many college or seminary degrees I hold, or how much work I do through our church, there is no substitute for pursuing the Christlike life.
- What is the most important desire for anyone who would be a good wife/husband/mother/father? Pursue the Christlike life!
- What is the most important charge that could be given to a Christian minister? Pursue the Christlike life!
- What should a Christian businessperson undertake in his or her work? Pursue the Christlike life!
I genuinely believe this. I believe that the pursuit of the Christlike life is a pursuit like no other.
What is it that continues to enhance and nurture this pursuit in you?