Being formed and shaped by God

Being formed and shaped by God

What is God doing in your life right now? The answer to that question may not be easy to express. So much of what God is doing is hidden from our eyes and our understanding, the full implications of how God works in the ocean-deep depths of His providence and sovereignty leave us speechless in awe and wonder.

The way that God expresses His altogether infinite omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence can more often than not, be incomprehensible to our finite minds, but we know from what God has chosen to reveal about Himself, that He has not set us on our way in life devoid of His help, care, love, affection and intervention.

We’re being formed and shaped by God.

Jeremiah’s prophecy (Jeremiah 18:1-12) is a clear message of God’s hand on the life of Israel, but in his dealings with them as a nation we see the signature of God in what He is doing in our own lives. He’s forming us and shaping us with great intention – we are after all, called to be light to culture and society, sharing the good news of the gospel with all, even if they will not hear it.

What we are being formed into is clear in Galatians 4:19 when Paul urges the Galatians to press in to God, “My little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!” It is not about us being helped to find our greatest potential. That fullness can only ever be discovered by finding our place in Christ, and having Christ formed in us.

The idea of potential is always about a focus on us; our abilities, creativity, words and deeds. The fact is, all of humanity have, given the time and resources, the same potential. If everything we have comes from the hand of God, then our fullest potential truly does lie in the hands of what God is forming us and shaping us to be.

So what is our highest, most glorious potential?

Being a world-class pianist, surgeon, economist, linguist?  The answer is simple, but before we get to that we need to encourage our hearts with the gospel; Read these through slowly – don’t skip over them…

  • “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)
  • My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Cor 12:9)
  • You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.(John 15:16)
  • But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.(1 Peter 2:9)
  • 29 For those whom he foreknew (you) he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined (you) he also called, and those whom he called (you) he also justified, and those whom he justified (you) he also glorified (you) . (Romans 8:29-30) Awesome!

Our highest potential is to serve God, live our lives for Him in faith, love and obedience, but more than anything – to draw near to Him in intimacy, friendship and deep, trust. God is forming you and shaping you so that He can spend eternity with you, enjoying your presence and for you to be enjoying Him too.

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

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