If all we do is accept whatever the Universe throws at us, then we do not know who we are in Christ. In fact, God compares this passivity to being tossed to and fro. God wants the Church to grow, but for what purpose?
“So that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
How does the Church attain the whole measure of Christ? By individuals welcoming these 3 transformations into their life:
- You don’t let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, so it benefits those who listen.
- You are free from all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
- You’re kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
(Found in Ephesians 4:29, 31, 32)
If you find that these three transformations are already in your life, then:
“You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”
But remember, it is not a spiritual maturity that you earn!
“Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
Being transformed to look like Christ is a simple yes or no on your part.