Thursday, July 13, 2006

HOW DO WE BECOME MORE LIKE JESUS?

How can we cultivate Christlikeness? Richard J. Foster, in his now classic book on the classic Christian spirtual disciplines, Celebration of Discipline, offers this insight:

NOTHING WE CAN DO. “When we despair of gaining inner transformation through human powers of will and determination, we are open to a wonderful new realization: inner righteousness is a gift from God to be graciously received. The needed change is God’s work, not ours. The demand is for an inside job, and only God can work from the inside."

SOMETHING WE CAN DO. “The moment we grasp this breathtaking insight we are in danger of an error in the opposite direction. We are tempted to believe there is nothing we can do. Happily there is something we can do. God has given us the Disciplines of the spiritual life as a means of receiving His grace. The Disciplines allow us to place ourselves before God so that He can transform us.”

SOWING TO THE SPIRIT. “The Disciplines are a way of sowing to the Spirit. They are God’s way of getting us into the ground; they put us where He can work within us and transform us. By themselves the Disciplines can do nothing; they only get us to the place where something can be done. They are God’s means of grace.”

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