The Big Picture

As the Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8:29, the goal of the Christian life is to become like Christ. In a word, we’re talking trans-form-a-tion. Being “formed” into something, or someone. And as it pertains to believers, it means being transformed into Christ. It’s a Christ-formation! We learned last night that the big theological word for that is “sanctification” or- the process of becoming like Christ. And that’s a process that happens over time where we eventually-

• Think more like Jesus
• See things as Jesus would see them
• Treat people the way Jesus would treat them.

This process of Christ-formation happens through the Word of God (Romans 12:4) and as our faith (what we believe) is tested in various ways. The epistle of James is dedicated to the testing or proving of our faith in 4 key areas of life:

1. The way you live
2. The things you do
3. The words you speak
4. The people you treat

James wants us to grow up in our faith and be mature, and he’s not letting us off the hook easy. He calls us to pay attention to our lives and to put our faith to work in ways that show us and the world that living for Christ IS the only way to live! And that becoming like Christ is the only way to be. After all, that’s the goal!

God bless you as you meet with Him in His wonderful Word this week!

You are greatly and dearly loved by the King!




PS: If you missed the lesson, be sure to listen online!