Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Metamorphyx is a blog by author and speaker Tom Schuler. His posts Probe the depths of Life Experience, Life Change, and the pursuit of Life Purpose.

It's All About the Process

It's All About the Process

The Three Tenets of Life Purpose:

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The focus of Metamorphyx is “Embracing Life Experience, Life Change, and the pursuit of resilient Life Purpose.” I call that the Metamorphyx Journey. Ultimately, what does that mean? Simply this . . . our God-given purpose in this life is to prepare for eternity, a never-ending relationship and fellowship with the Creator of the Universe. We are to be “living stones,” chiseled and perfectly dressed to become part of a Christ’s spiritual house.

Chiseled and “dressed” stone at the Western Wall of Solomon’s Temple.

Chiseled and “dressed” stone at the Western Wall of Solomon’s Temple.

The Christian community has a fancy word for this journey; we call it sanctification. But be assured of this, as a Christ follower, there is no qualifying finish line that you must cross to earn your ticket into God’s Kingdom. Life is not a performance event like the 10K Peachtree Road Race that occurs every July 4th here in Atlanta . . . rather the journey is a process, not a destination. Says Oswald Chambers, “God’s purpose for me is to depend on Him and His power now . . . His purpose is the process itself.”

But let’s recognize that the  journey of life is not so formless and vague that we can’t measure progress. Walter Henrichsen (Thoughts From the Diary Of A Desperate Man) says we can measure progress through growth in our spiritual maturity (e.g., knowledge of the Bible, important doctrines and disciplines) . . . and discernment that we’re truly and humbly producing “fruit of the Spirit.” Galatians 5:23 defines that as greater evidence of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” in our lives. If you need an accurate assessment of your true progress, ask a well-grounded and trusted friend who will level with you. Whatever you do, don’t ask someone who is intimidated by you; they will give you false praise to avoid a confrontation.

In Metamorphyx, I ask three pivotal questions that help one assess their progress on the life purpose journey. I call them the Tenets of Life Purpose. Here’s a snapshot of each:

Tenet #1: Am I surrendered to God’s purposes and producing life change? God sends rich blessings into our lives, but he’s also the author of trials and refining fire which burns off the dross of life experience and moves us toward the “likeness of his Son” (Romans 8-28-29). This is not unlike the process that ancient jewelers used in refining silver. The craftsman adjusted the fire to achieve the perfect temperature—and when he saw the likeness of his face perfectly reflected in the metal—he knew the process was complete. As a life learner, is your journey in life increasingly reflecting the image of Christ thorough the refining fire of life experience?  

Tenet #2: Am I exhibiting a working faith? A plumber’s work is characterized by his effectiveness in using his trade to serve others. A working faith is similar. It’s the outward expression of what constitutes a man or woman’s faith. A working faith does not seek God’s approval; a Christ follower already has that. Rather, it fulfills a higher calling as an “ambassador of Christ” (2 Cor. 5:20) . There’s unfinished work delegated to us on this messy planet—are you engaged in it?

Tenet #3: Am I being strengthened in my faith and standing firm in it? Whatever is strengthened stands strong and testifies to the source of its strength. Dig deeply into the writings of Paul and Peter and you will discover the underpinnings of their faith that fueled their dedication to our Savior. “But grow in the grace and knowledge  of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Why? Because it’s a practical corollary of life learning! Think about it. Who can understand the wonders of the human body without growing in the knowledge of biology, anatomy, blood chemistry and brain function? It’s no different with our faith and pursuit of life purpose. Are you being strengthened in your faith and standing firm in the battle of life?

In his devotional classic, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers has a warning for us. “It is a dangerous thing to refuse to continue learning and knowing more. If you don’t cut the lines that tie you to the dock, God will use a storm to sever them and send you out to sea. Put everything in your life on the great swelling tide of His purpose, and your eyes [and mind] will be opened.”

Blessings on the journey.

Tom

“Only blocks dressed at the quarry were used, and no hammer or chisel or any other tool was heard at the temple sight while it was being built” (1 Kings 6:7)

 

Note: “Metamorphyx Insights” are taken from Metamorphyx: Embracing Life Experience, Life Change, and Life Purpose. Each represents a significant learning or application on your personal Metamorphyx Journey. Find Metamorphyx on Amazon, B&N, or Apple iTunes.  

Tom with his three year-old granddaughter, Cara. Sheer joy!!

Tom with his three year-old granddaughter, Cara. Sheer joy!!

"Speak, LORD!"

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