19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.
Galatians 4:19 English Standard Version
Too many people agonise over the question of finding out God’s will for their lives.
We have somehow reduced God’s will into something we must accomplish for God, instead of accepting it as an invitation to know and love Him. God’s will does not revolve around a set destination or a vocation, but a relationship. In fact, when you study Scriptures, you realise that God spent more time telling us who we are than focusing on where we should go or what we should do.
According to the Apostle Paul, God’s will centers on revealing Christ to you so that Christ is formed within you (cf. Colossians 1:27). As your heart and purpose is being shaped and transformed by the reality of Christ’s presence and power within you, you will manifest Christ in your words, actions and attitude.
Imagine for a moment that we are like a cup of hot water and Christ is like a tea bag seeped inside us. The longer a tea bag sits in the cup, the stronger the tea gets. It is the same with us. The more we allow Christ transform us, the more we work through His grace and ability to transform lives around us.
Often we forget who God has made us to be through Christ.
Being born again with Christ in us, we are made sons and daughters of God. Unless we learn to see God as our Father, we can never fully trust or even take steps of faith. Without a clear sense of identity, we can live our lives not knowing our inheritance in Christ.
Seeing himself a birthing mother and midwife, Paul feels the pain of childbirth as he tries to nurture the revelation of Christ in the Galatians. But because they stopped valuing the new life God is growing in them, they chose a legalistic lifestyle and forgot the grace of God. As such, they impeded their own spiritual growth and maturity with a stillborn faith.
Paul reminded the Galatians that they were born of the Spirit of Christ, and not of fleshly effort. Likewise, we too are born of the Spirit; by faith in Christ. God’s will is for you to connect with Him on a personal and intimate level. In doing so, you are ever ready to respond to His call.
How will you describe your friendship with God right now? Are there any specific areas you wish to grow in your relationship with Him?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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