And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
- 2 Corinthians 3:18
Jesus himself is called "the image of the invisible God" (Colossians 1:15). So as we are being "transformed into his image," what Paul is talking about is becoming more like Christ. But that doesn't mean we all become carpenters, or speak Aramaic, or don't get married! It does mean that we are called to become more human because Jesus was the perfect human being, and he's the one who imaged God the Father perfectly. And becoming more human leads to endless, creative diversity in who we become! As the great spiritual leader Henri Nouwen said:
When the imitation of Christ does not mean to live a life like Christ, but to live your life as authentically as Christ lived his, then there are many ways and forms in which a person can be a Christian.
In fact, Saint Paul himself write, "By the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Corinthians 15:10), highlighting his own personal journey to grow into who God made him to be uniquely.
What if you are not called to be generically kind or good, but kind and good in ways that only you can uniquely be? Take some time today to reflect on God's call on your life to truly, abundantly flourish.
Start exploring your Enneagram type now: As part of our sermon series, we're encouraging people to learn about their Enneagram type, to better understand the ways God made you and is calling you to become more yourself. It's part personality test, part spiritual inventory, and it can be very helpful. There's a test that costs $12 HERE or a free version HERE. Poke around the type descriptions, too.