Journey toward becoming more like Jesus
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:10.
As we finish our series “Freed,” I am reminded of the incredible power of the Holy Spirit’s work in my life. It is so humbling to know that God has Freed me for a life of becoming more like Jesus. Because of the series, I feel an incredible desire to know Jesus more and more every day. It’s as the Apostle Paul writes in his letter to the church in Philippi – “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:10.
For Paul, the goal of Spiritual Training was to become more and more like Jesus every day. He was honest to admit, it is God’s work to fulfill that goal and it is our work to journey toward it. We often think that discipleship is the goal (get into a relationship – start training – and “we are good”) but the truth is – Jesus is the goal and discipleship (our Spiritual Training) is the process. Discipleship, being in training, is a journey toward becoming more like Jesus. Furthermore, it is a journey that God never intended His people to do “solo.” There is no instance (anywhere) in the New Testament in which followers of Jesus train spiritually by themselves.
Over the next few weeks at Ridge Point, we will be exploring what it means to be a “Family of Disciples on Mission” and what it means to be devoted to one on one discipleship and to a greater community of believers. We hope that you will join us for these teachings. Additionally, we hope that you will consider your discipleship process as a journey toward Jesus that, with the Spirit’s power, and the help of others will bring you into a more meaningful and full life – knowing “that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
Grace and Peace,
Teaching Pastor, Ridge Point Community Church – Fearless Family of Churches