This is my first entry on a blog that I am proud to have joined. The title itself (though Jaimie ripped it off of another pastor!) conveys the essence of the Christian journey as far as I can see. Our passion as believers must be centered upon beholding the glory of God in Christ and becoming more and more shaped into His image (1 John 3:1-3). My prayer and petition most Sundays as I stand behind the pulpit ofthe church I pastor is this: "Lord grant for me and this flock I have been entrusted to look more like Jesus today than we did yesterday." I confess that it is a simple prayer and xontains nothing profound, yet I believe it contains what is the heartbeat of our daily Christian walk.
Let me ask you a question I am asking myself. This morning (if you do your devotionals in the morning), was your goal to read Scripture for the sake of knowledge, or to seek more conformity to the image of Christ? Absolutely we should seek to know God more and more, and that only comes through reading and meditating on Scripture. But isn't the end to which we are engaging in the text so that we might be continually "transormed BY the renewing of our minds" (Rom. 12:2). Now I do not practice this as well as I ought, but tomorrow I plan to rise early, brew a hot cup of Joe in my trusty Bun coffee maker, sit down with my Bible and pen, NOT simply read the Bible and know a little bit more than I did before, but to pray I might be shaped a bit more to look like the Savior who purchased me by His own blood. I pray you do the same.