For Christians, heaven is not a goal; it’s a destination. The goal is that “Christ be formed in you” to use the words of Apostle Paul in Galatians 4:19 to the Romans, he declares “Those whom God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Galatians 8:29). And to the Corinthians, he says, “all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image” ( 2 Corinthians 3:18).
The daring goal of the Christian life could be summarized as being formed, conformed, and transformed into the image of Christ. When are saved by being baptized and accepting God into our lives. The Holy Spirit comes to live on the inside of us. Christ has come among His pas our ever living Savior. Teacher, Lord, and Friend
He who is the Way shows us the way to live so that we increasingly come to share His love, hope, feelings and habits. He agrees to be yoked (United) for us, as we are yoked to Him, and He trains us in how to live our lives as He would live if He were in our place.
We must insist that this way of life is reliably sustained in the context of a like-minded fellowship. Essential to our growth in grace isa community life where there is loving, nurturing accountability. Being Christ like is not merely the work of the individual; rather It grows out of the matrix of A living fella. We are the body of Christ together, called to watch over one another in love. Unfortunately, in our day there is a ignorance of how we as individuals and as a community of faith actually more forward into Christlikeness.
Today we lack a theology of growth, And we need to learn how we “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord and Savior” (2 Peter 3:18). In particular, we need to learn how we cooperate with “the means of grace” what God has ordained from the transformation of the human personality in these God – ordained means will enable us to take into ourselves Christ’s character and manner of life.
What are these “means of grace?” And how can we be disciples of Jesus to cooperate with them so we are changed to be Christ like?
Formed By Experiential Means
God works first through ordinary experiences of daily life to form the character of Christ in us. Through these experiences we come to know on the deepest levels that Jesus is with us always, that He never leaves us or forsakes us, and that we can cast all our cares upon Him. In addition, we learn that ordinary life is sacramental, and that divine guidance is given primarily in these common junctures of life.
Every thing we experience in life are diverse as life itself, they are meant to draw us deeper in and higher up to Christ’s likeness, so when we are docile of heart, God takes the dynamic of give and take with each interaction with Himself and plants within us deep-rooted habits of the heart – habits of joyful allegiance and glad surrender, habits of faithful obedience and patient endurance.