Up till now I’ve mostly used my own descriptions. Now let’s add a couple thoughts from the Bible. One Biblical writer, after scrawling a long list of things that should no longer be found in the Christian’s life, says this:
“Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.” (Colossians 3:10).
Obviously, change is required. A change as visible and obvious as proudly putting on a new outfit you’ve just purchased. That’s the picture that “renewed” paints. Change is on the horizon. Breakthrough will be necessary.
A couple things should be highlighted. First, the original language conveys this renewal or restoration as a continual process. It’s something not completed in this life so no one has arrived; we’re all still on our way. Second, the way to engage and promote the process is included. We’re to know our Creator, heaping knowledge on top of knowledge, leading to changes that make us more like Him. There are intellectual and participative aspects. Knowledge must lead to transformation. Knowing births doing. Learning more about God precipitates allowing God to gradually bring us into compliance with His example.
Would you like a more detailed idea of what God asks of us so that He can do the transforming work we need?
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”(Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)
I’m not sure this needs much explaining. Details on how to cooperate with this strategy are admittedly lacking. However, a clear idea of what God needs from us in order to give us the life we want and that He dreams for us, is right there. How to “get away with me,” “walk and work with me,” “watch me,” and “keep company with me” are the key questions. They’re important because I don’t know anyone that doesn’t want to “recover their life,” “take a real rest,” and “live freely and lightly!”
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