Life is full of uncertain and difficult circumstances. Much of life is moving from one such situation or circumstance to the other without stop or delay.
It is an unrelenting series of events that can be downright discouraging at times.
When those moments come, stop and ask yourself one question: “How does this help me conform to the image of Christ?”
The answer to the big why questions of life find their answer in this idea. If you are a follower of Christ, your destiny is to conform to His image.
But what does it mean to conform to the image of Christ?
To conform to something means:
To make similar in form, nature, or character.
To bring into agreement, correspondence, or harmony.
Conforming to Christ entails becoming more like Him in form, nature, and character. That you would think, feel, and behave like or in harmony with how Christ would in the same circumstance.
Everything that God allows to enter your life focuses on this singular goal, to make you more like Jesus. If something different would do the trick, you would walk that path instead.
Don't ask the Lord to deliver you. Pause and ask for the wisdom and perspective to see how it makes you more like Jesus.
Perspective helps you see beyond the pain of today. It helps you see the glorious outcome, today’s afflictions are producing. It is foolish to avoid the gym because working out is hard and often leaves you gasping for air on the floor. It is an even greater folly to allow the difficult and painful moments of life to consume and distract you from the larger picture of life and eternity.
This practice will help you understand the bigger picture. It will help you see as Malcolm Muggeridge did reflecting on the difficulties of his own life.