Reform School?

Well let’s face this- those who profess to follow Jesus and truly are seeking Him in doing so are in a sort of reform school -“school of the Spirit” so to speak!

ALL have sinned, therefore all need reformation.

The entire church (whether called The Reformed Church or not) includes sinners like you and I, and as a wise person once said (not me… but I quote her/him) the church is populated with sinners and what’s worse, all of them have a sinner for a pastor!

We start our walk with Jesus in a kindergarten sense, but if we’re not paying attention to the Counselor (God the Holy Spirit) we can go on another 60 years and never grow spiritually. We can be as self-centered, immature, wallowing in self-pity or mean and nasty as snakes and never truly be reformed.

Paul writes: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12.2

A number of folks have rightly said the first battle is in our mind, how we think, what we think about, and which desires line up with God and His Word (The Bible), what does or does not sync with Jesus’ life and Words.

Many scholars comment on Paul in Romans 12.1: “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” along with verse 2. I’ve read that in context this is best understood from the Greek as part of repentance and actually RE-THINKING, a change of heart and mind re. verse 2 and many other scriptural texts.

When I hear people say (and have heard this often the past 10 or 20 years) “We need a new Jesus Movement” I usually reply with three statements: A) that will happen when God sovereignly causes it to happen, B) it will happen when enough people are willing to truly repent, believe and actually follow Jesus in their minds, with their mouths and most importantly actions in relation to both God and how they treat others… and lastly, C) when most of a larger portion of people get desperate enough.

Desperation after digging through all the “THIS WILL MAKE MY LIFE WORTHWHILE” rubbish was a huge part of why thousands of us hippies, students and indeed church folk actually came to follow Jesus in the late sixties to mid-seventies.

“The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.” -Acts 6.7

This text has always intrigued me. It’s about Jewish priests moving past human legalism, religious rote and surface ritual to active, loving faith in Christ the Messiah and becoming obedient to God. What a concept! Now THIS is REFORMATION!

So dear reader, if you proclaim to be part of the church by faith in Jesus Christ, what’s up with you? What’s up with me? Are we “being changed from glory to glory” right here and now or are we sitting on our salvation and choosing a sanitized, self-satisfied version of Christianity without Christ actually RE-FORMING US in His Own image?

It’s September. School’s in session. Are we playing hooky or showing up… and doing the homework for growth?

Things to consider for the journey perhaps?

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

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