I'm joining a host of bloggers taking the "31 Days" challenge in the month of October. Today is Day 3, and my topic is Spiritual Formation.
But today is Monday, so it's the day for my weekly link party, Grace Imparted. So is it "cheating" for me to devote today's post to the Grace Imparted party rather than writing about spiritual formation?
No, I don't think it's cheating. In fact, a day dedicated to God's grace is not at all off-topic for a series on Spiritual Formation. Instead, grace is the very heart of the matter when it comes to spiritual formation.
As I said on Day 1 of this series, Christian spiritual formation is probably best thought of as spiritual TRANSformation. Our desire is to become like Christ. Read again II Corinthians 3:18:
"And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit."
Do you see it? This business of transformation is God's work in us. We participate in the process, to be sure, and that's what we'll be exploring together this month. But the transforming work is done by God. It is a gift from His hand--His grace imparted to us.
This linky party is dedicated to celebrate the gifts, large and small, that God gives to us. (Click here if you'd like to read more about it.) Do you have a story to share? I'd love to hear about it. We can celebrate God's goodness together.
P.S. The winner of Emily Freeman's book Grace for the Good Girl (chosen via the random number generator at Random.org) is Vivienne of The V Spot! Vivienne, I need your mailing address, and I'll send your book out pronto!