“The glory of God is a man or woman fully alive.” —St. Irenaeus
Christian spiritual formation is the process being formed—or perhaps, re-formed—into the fully alive human person you were originally created to be.
Stated another way, christian formation is the journey of becoming through the experience of extravagant trinitarian love.
In the writings of the early church fathers and mothers, leaders and mystics, we are able to glean truth about humanity, the cosmos, and insights concerning our relationship to a loving God, the transcendent one.
Christian spiritual formation dances in the tension of being and becoming: being absolutely and unconditionally loved by God, and becoming the full radiance of the beautiful beings God created us to be.
The following thoughts may help us begin to explore the mystery and process of Christian spiritual formation and transformation:
“My children, I am again in the pain of childbirth, until Christ is formed in you . . . ” —Galatians 4: 19
“We are engaged in the process of having Christ formed in you by the Holy Spirit, . . . ” —Paul, Galatians 4:19
The Purpose of Intentional
Every man and every woman bears the image of God simply because she or he exists.
Christians are people who have received a loving and life-giving re-connection with God. In receiving and living in this God-breathed gift of relationship, people incarnate Jesus. Um, that's work thinking about.
It is the spirit’s role to animate people in being and growth. The spirit’s work enables people to experience God's kindness and love and in turn, pour out the same in every day living. Our truest identity, compassion, joy, hope, and peace emerge.
Robert Mulholland write,
The process of spiritual formation, the journey of being conformed into the image of Christ, is the spiritual journey of becoming. But it is never an end in itself. It is the process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others. —Robert Mullholland, Jr., Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1993. p.15.
In an axiomatic sense, we become people who are “blessed to bless others.” In doing so we enter into God's passion to bring love, compassion, grace, and justice into our worlds.
If you have further questions about your "becoming" through intentional spiritual formation, please contact me.