This life is a journey with Christ and everyday I make choices that either shape me to be more like Him or less. It is not always easy to explain to friends and family what it means to be like Jesus and why I choose to pursure that goal. In his book Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation, M. Robert Mullholland Jr. was able to put into words the importance of the spiritual journey not only for myself but for others. I would like to share this with you:
Everything that God has done, is doing and ever will do in our lives to conform us to the image of Christ (which is the image of our wholeness) is not so that we may someday be set in a display case in heaven as trophies of grace. All of God’s work to conform us to the image of Christ has as its sole purpose that we might become what God created us to be in relationship with God and with others. This is why Jesus summarized the whole law in the command to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” and “love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30-31), and why the New Testament writers regularly lift up love for neighbor as the essence of the Christian life.
...Reflect for a moment on what the image of Christ is. It is the image of One who gave Himself totally, completely, absolutely, unconditionally for others. This is the direction in which the Spirit of God moves us toward wholeness...
Wherever there is something in our life that is not conformed to the image of Christ, there is a place where we are incapable of being all God wants us to be with others; there is a place where our life with others is hindered and limited and restricted in its effectiveness and in its fullness; there is a place where our life will tend to become disruptive and even destructive to others. We can never be all God wants us to be with others as long as that point of unlikeness to the image of Christ exists within us.