“One dimension of spiritual growth is being reconditioned by the grace of God.”- Mark Batterson
“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.”- Romans 8:29
Mark Batterson writes in Chapter 23 (“The Pavlovian Effect”) of If that “it’s much easier to act like a Christian than to react like one. Because our reactions are conditioned reflexes, they must be reconditioned by grace.
In Philippians 2:12 the apostle Paul says, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Pastor Batterson emphasizes that you can’t work for your salvation because it is a gift of God. But you can work on your salvation. When muscles are pushed to the limit, they tremble. In a similar way, your faith grows stronger.
One way to grow and strengthen your faith is refusing to use your predisposition as an excuse or your disability as an alibi. Mark explains that since you are more than a conqueror, with Christ’s help there is nothing you cannot do or become.
Mark states our destiny has far more to do with who we become than what we do. Our destiny is to be conformed to the image of Christ, as Pastor Batterson explains:
“Destiny is not an accomplishment; it’s a reflection. It’s not competency as much as it is character- the character of Christ being formed in you until you reflect His love, His power, His patience, His joy.”
More often than not our prayers center around changing our circumstances. Yet, sometimes God is using those very circumstances to change us. Mark concludes:
“The ultimate what if is who. Who can you become in Christ?”
Today’s question: How have you been reconditioned by the grace of God? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “God and three pennies”