A God-fashioned Life

Character. Virtue. What do these words bring to mind for you? A list of “perfect” qualities you don’t quite measure up to? A bunch of rules to live by that are never quite fully attainable? Descriptors that can only stick to the flawless, the grace-full, the mythical “other” Christians who aren’t quite as human as you?

This month, join me in a discussion of what it means to grow in virtue and what it takes to cultivate character. (Consider deepening your journey through this topic using the devotional book Cultivate Your Character.)

And begin with me at square one. Your efforts are required as you grow in virtue, but ultimately it is the work of God in your life.

Reflect on this encouragement from Ephesians 4:24:  “[T]ake on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you” (The Message).

Is yours a God-fashioned life? Are you there, on the Woodworker’s table, letting him shape and sand and carve and bend you toward his purposes? All efforts to grow begin here — here at the workbench of the Master. 

“Father in heaven! What is a man without Thee!” wrote Kierkegaard. “What is all that he knows, vast accumulation though it be, but a chipped fragment if he does not know Thee! What is all his striving, could it even encompass a world, but a half-finished work if he does not know Thee!”

Lord we will strive to obey your Word, to answer you call to a life of character. But Lord, we know our striving is nothing compared to the power of your grace and your Spirit working within us. Help us discover the way of the God-fashioned life. Amen.

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3 responses to “A God-fashioned Life

  1. to kelli and holly girth ihave read this very challenging i have postd this as open message onface book iam so glad to be able to do this because i know THE LORDWILLBE ABLE TO MNSTER TO SO MANY

  2. Putting on the new man! It should be at the top of every day’s TO DO list. But like so many college courses—it has some pre-requisites. Ephesians 4:22 and 23 instruct us to first PUT OFF the old man who is totally corrupted by deceitful lusts and be renewed in the spirit of our minds. How can your mind be renewed? Our minds are renewed as we read and meditate on God’s word. Hebrews 4:12, Psalms 19:7-14, and Proverbs 22:17-21 speak of God’s word as a powerful agent stripping away worldly thinking and replacing it with God’s wisdom and truth. Here is Romans 12:2 in the Living Bible:
    Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-make you so that your whole attitude of mind is changed. Thus you will prove in practice that the will of God is good, acceptable to him and perfect.

    You know the old saying, “it’s all in your mind”? It’s not all in your mind, but that’s where most of our spiritual struggles take place. When we allow God to renew our thinking many of our problems actually evaporate. Clarity and wisdom from God give us His eternal perspective and the truth sets us free from the “old man”, free to walk in newness of life.

  3. Love this title and I’m so excited about your new devotional(s)!!!

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