“The other day,” Stan began, “we talked about walking ‘in’ Christ, rather than ‘with’ Him.” [Note to reader: See Posting Number 337, “Maintaining a Separate Identity.”]
“Yes, we did,” I responded. “About not keeping an identity separate from Christ.”
“You’re right, my friend,” Stan replied. Today I would like to pursue what I think the apostle Paul said about the process of doing that.”
“OK,” I said, “let’s have it.”
“The bottom line,” Stan replied, “has to do with something we have talked about many times. Going from conversion to transformation.”
“Not just hanging around on the station platform waiting for the train,” I said with a smile.
“Exactly, my friend. I am to move on and keep on moving on towards the goal, seeking to be transformed.”
“How do you think Paul addressed that?”
“Again with one word,” Stan replied. “Paul wrote that the church in Colossae, after having been firmly rooted in their faith, were ‘being’ built up. Paul did not say that they were already built up.”
“And, he continued, “it is essential for me to never think that I have been built up in the sense that I am done being transformed. No, I believe that transformation is a process that I am to continue through my surrender to the Holy Spirit as long as God keeps me on this side of eternity.”
“If I ever think I am finished being built up, not only have I stopped progressing, I have started going in the wrong direction.”
“Is that what is referred to as ‘backsliding’?” I asked.
“I think that is certainly a part of it,” Stan replied.
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. Colossians 2:6, 7.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you provided the way for my conversion through the finished work of Christ Jesus on the cross. And thank you that you have provided the way to be transformed following that conversion by submitting to the lead of the Holy Spirit. I confess that too often I do not pursue the transformation you have for me, but prefer going my own way apart from you. Please forgive me. And please, Lord, lead me in the continuing process of being transformed. Help me to never think I have completed being transformed, but please lead me in knowing it is a process you intend to continue for as long as I remain on this side of eternity. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.