Such joy took on new relevance in my life when I married Kathy in 1991. She has been an inspiration of God by her passionate incarnation of Apostle Paul's admonition:

 

"Become A Mature Christian."

 

This impeccable model of Christian Spiritual Formation that I observe in her is a present experience because of the humble prayer, "O God, form Yourself in me by Your grace!"

 

Christian Maturity: An obscure Ideal or an obvious Reality in your life?  Whether you are an Adherent of or Unclaimed by the Local Church, Spiritual Formation can add joy to your Christian countenance!

 Thomas Jacob, D.Min.

I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong. So come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust toward God;

 

God helping us, let’s get on with it!

 

Letter to the Hebrews

God, Thou hast made known to me the ways of life;

Thou shalt make me full of joy with Thy countenance.