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What is the Goal of the Human Life? The Answer May Surprise You

One might think the goal of the human life is to die and go to heaven. To go and get our eternal reward!

The goal of the human life is not to die and go to heaven. The goal of the human life is to be like Jesus. One cannot be like Jesus without the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was part of Jesus’ conception (Lk 1:35). The Holy Spirit empowered Jesus’ miracles and ministry (Lk 4:18-19 & Acts 10:38). Jesus couldn’t have had the ministry he had without the power of the Spirit. Jesus would not have existed as a human being without the Holy Spirit.

It is by the Holy Spirit that we become “new creation” (2 Cor 5:17 and, by the way in the end Christ will make all things new – Rev 21:5) and a temple of God by the Spirit (1 Cor 6:19-20) it is the indwelling Spirit who empowers God’s people today. Not only that, the Spirit transforms us to be more and more like Jesus.

What does heaven have to do with this? A lot but not everything.

Instead of getting fixated on heaven we need to get fixated on here and now first. God is working to make us like Jesus through the transformative work of the Holy Spirit NOW.

It is in eternity, after we are dead and one day raised and with Christ and after God has redeemed ALL things (new heavens AND new earth really mean that), that we fully embody the life and person of Jesus in our own lives. It is then we are fully formed into his mind (Rom 12:1-2), his likeness , with his attitude (Phil 2:5), and in his image (2 Cor 3:18 – notice the end of that verse, that our transformation in Christ’s image is the work of the Holy Spirit).

Here and now we are growing into these things. Then and there we will be ALL who God made us to be, which is who Jesus showed us we can and will be through his life and the work of the Spirit.

The goal of the human life is to become like Christ. We are in process now…it is how the Spirit is forming us now…and one day that work will be complete!

It is nice to think about heaven. It is hopeful. It is a wonder to consider the redemption of creation per Romans 8 and Revelation 21:1. God is going to make all things complete and that includes us. The mistake some make is thinking that heaven is where the work BEGINS when heaven (new heavens and new earth) is where the work CONCLUDES!

So have hope. God has already started working on you and we know that what Paul wrote in Philippians 1:6 is right, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.”

2 Timothy 2:2 and Evaluating Successful Discipleship

Jesus was the best disciple-maker who ever lived. Paul has to be right behind him. One of Paul’s main disciples was Timothy. Paul believed he was showing people, by his example, how to follow Jesus (1 Cor 11:1). 2 Timothy 2:2 is a key verse in knowing if our efforts are bearing fruit, reproduced fruit.Continue Reading

Blind spots

We need people we are close to who can help us see our blind spots. By blind spots, I mean parts of our personality or character that are lacking we are not readily aware of. Others know but we don’t. We all have them. Becoming aware of them can be disorienting and disappointing. We mayContinue Reading

Where Does Worry Come From?

Jesus told us not to worry in Matthew 6:25-34. He said the reason for that is that if God looks out for the little things, will He not also look out for you? Can worry and faith happen at the same time? I think they can. Read the psalms and you find, at the sameContinue Reading

A Word to Those Who Feel Stuck

Any time you feel stuck, whether it is personally or congregationally there are a few things you can do. 1 – Confession and repentance. This is a tough one but it is hard to move forward if you are unwilling to take a hard look at how you contribute to the problem. 2 – GiveContinue Reading

Critical Ministry Shift – From Information & Teaching to Skills & Coaching

There is a shift in my ministry philosophy I wish I had figured out years ago. It is a shift from disseminating information through teaching/lecture and the teaching of skills through coaching. This is so obvious it would seem it doesn’t even need to be said and yet it took me to 40 to comeContinue Reading

Positive Contributions By Churches of Christ

With all the negativity flying around out there I challenge you to go to social media and list the positive contributions you see in Churches of Christ to the world and to Christianity as a whole. Here are some of mine: 1 – Our mission. A zeal to take the gospel to the nations. WeContinue Reading

Seeing What You Can’t Yet See to Do What You Can’t Yet Do

I love disc golf. I used to play it every week. Life has gotten busy and now I am down to a few times a year but the sport is one of my favorite things to do. Years back when I was younger and more nimble, I could throw the disc a pretty good distanceContinue Reading

How Healthy Are Ministers? I Ran the Numbers.

As a minister it is important to me to understand the potential ramifications of how ministry affects my health and the health of my family. I ran the numbers on this in 2017 and want to share a few significant findings with you here. I assessed health in multiple areas and then ran correlations andContinue Reading

Why Are We In Decline? What Appears to Be a Math Problem is Actually a Spiritual Problem

Imagine the AAA Widget Company. AAA Widget was started 80 years ago by an energetic team of entrepreneurs. They had a vision and they executed the vision for 50 years with excellence. The problem today is that they haven’t added a new customer in the last 30 years. The only way to add customers isContinue Reading

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