54. Aiming at Two Critical Targets

In Christ we enjoy all the advantages of absolute security. But we must not let it stop there. The Lord has called us to even greater purpose—wholehearted submission to His will. Such intentional commitment to Him demands that our life be squarely aimed at two very important targets: first, to serve Him, and, second, to embrace spiritual growth through personal transformation. These goals provide the catalyst for bearing “much fruit.”

Jesus wants radical change in us: “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,” Paul says. God employs this type of change far more commonly than the instantaneous kind. It’s a transformation of our character, change which is always a more arduous and painful solution to the problem of our weaknesses.

Yet as annoying as this approach might seem, it is ultimately far more productive when the entire scope of God’s purpose is taken into account.

From Free from the Power of Sin: the Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself

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