”And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature…” [Colossians 2:10 Amp]
On the table in the den downstairs the unfinished puzzle shouts for someone to finish it! It’s a 1000 piece puzzle with a nice but difficult to complete picture. Why is it so difficult? Because many of the pieces are the same color and look exactly alike. However they are different shades—then of course they are different tones—so how in the world can you ‘fit’ the correct piece in the pre-ordained place. One overriding factor—the shape!
Life in the spirit molds our true self until all falseness is gone and our ‘shape’ fits into the picture that reflects His glory.
The very next verse tells us how the ‘shape’ is developed. Unlike the S.H.A.P.E. of gifts, passion, abilities, personality and experience, our authentic self is molded much more deeply. ”In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a spiritual circumcision performed by Christ by stripping off the body of the flesh the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts “ [Colossians 2:11] Christ performs the work—you provide the missing piece.
Whatever ‘shape’ you are trust that God is using all things to work toward this end—His purpose which means you are. ”…being transfigured into His very own image…from one degree of glory to another…” [2 Corinthians 3:18]
What makes up your spiritual shape? 1. Submission to His Sovereignty—2. Hearing heart—3. Attitude of Christ—4. Persevering spirit—5. Enduring love.
Further Reading: Ephesians 2:6-10 The Message
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