A God-Fashioned Life
“take 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.”
–Ephesians 4:24, The Message
Last night, I headed to church. A little late. And so, I hurried. I didn’t drive faster, but suddenly, without even thinking about it, I found myself thinking, “Come on, hurry up folks, let’s make the light.” “Move over, I have somewhere to go.” “What a maniac! Go tailgate someone else!”
I imagine Christ sitting in the seat next to me. Safety belt on, conversing as we head down the road. It is, perhaps, the worst place for us to converse. I’m a courteous driver — outwardly– but my inward dialogue, more often than I want to admit, is one of impatience. Like tonight. It’s ugly. But no one sees it. That is, until I put Christ in the passenger seat and I realize:
He sees it all.
A life that still needs work on the inside. A heart that wants a God-fashioned life, but that is not fully mature in Christ.
I reflect on what a “God-fashioned life” looks like. Life renewed from the inside and working itself into conduct in response to God. God accurately reproducing His character.
Figuratively, I unfasten my seat-belt and hand the keys over to Christ, once again. I turn towards Him. I let the Spirit move and breathe in me.
I turn back to the Word. “Walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. . . . do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love.“
So, in humility and with discipline, I seek a God-fashioned life. Not that I am capable of it myself, but through Him. By allowing the Spirit to fill me up and breathe in me and then pouring myself out in acts of love.
As I get behind the wheel of my car today, I breathe Christ in. I breathe out love. I breathe Christ in. I breathe out patience. I head, steadily, towards Christ. I allow God to reproduce His character in me.