Reflections for Sunday, June 4, 2017: You Were Made For This

by / Friday, 02 June 2017 / Published in Worship


“The great church father Augustine taught that true freedom is not choice or lack of constraint, but being what you are meant to be.  Humans were created in the image of God.  True freedom, then, is not found in moving away from that image but only in living it out.  The closer we conform to the true image of God, Jesus Christ, the freer we become.  The farther we drift from it, the more our freedom shrinks.”   —Roger Olson, Christianity Today, October 5, 2012

“Becoming like Christ is God’s intention for all of humanity.”  —Jack Balswick, et al, The Reciprocating Self:  Human Development in Theological Perspective

“Romans 8:29 gives us the most concise revelation of God’s ultimate intention for those whom he foreknew, predestined, called, justified, and glorified.  His purpose is nothing less than that we become ‘conformed to the image of his son.’  This process of growing conformity to Christ was conceived before the foundation of the world, it is being realized as a divine-human process in the present, and it will be fulfilled as we stand in the presence of his glory, ‘blameless with great joy’ (Jude 24).”   Ken Boa, Conformed to His Image

If I hate or despise any one man in the world, I hate something that God cannot hate, and despise that which he loves.  Can I think that I love God with all my heart while I hate that which belongs only to God, which has no other master but him, which bears his image, which is part of his family, and which exists only by the continuance of his love toward it?”   —William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life