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by Steven D. Bryant
While on a retreat I was paired for conversation with a delightful man full of grace and wisdom. I later learned that he was an influential member of a political group I hall but cursed earlier in the week. At first I was sad and conflicted. How could be be friends, all given our differences? The next morning in prayer, as I wrestled with the Lord over what to do, I heard, “Grow up, Steven, grow up in my live.”
After all these years as a follower of Jesus, I am still growing in what it means to grow in Christ. Dallas Willard described growing in Christ as a “golden triangle of spiritual trans-formation.” By embracing our situation, opening our lives to the guidance by the Spirit… Practice spiritual disciplines, continually “we continually take off the old human nature with it’s practices and put on the new nature.” Cllations 3:9-10 of a life lived in the likeness and integrity of Christ. All the triangle of the triangle are essential and the process of transformation.
On the first side of the triangle we embrace our situation. Through the hard knocks of life God can challenge our self-sufficiency and stretch our ability to empathize with the vast suffering of others. We are not embracing the situation when we blame other’s wrong- headedness immaturity for our troubles or trials. Jesus could have grumbled that life was unfair to him., complaining that sinful people were unworthy of him, or asked God for a loftier, less humiliating assignment. assignment. Instead, as Paul reminds us, [Jesus] emptied himself … becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross,” Philippians 2:7-8. And James wrote: “My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy. After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let this endurance complete it’s work so that you may be fully mature, complete , and laking in nothing.” James 1:2 On the second side, we open our lives to the guidance of the Spirit. Jesus knew that we would indeed need a helper as we strive to live a Christian life. When he departed, he gave us the Spirit, the same helper that helped him John 14:25 at his baptism, the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus like a dove Luke 3:21