The next stage in developing a person into a faithful follower of Jesus is to begin a long consistent process of forming your character to reflect Christ’s character. Consider the prayer that Paul prayed for the church of Philippi in Philippians Chapter 1:9-10 “I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.” We have come to know that our lives are no longer our own, and we therefore reflect the love of God that is within us. This means that we choose to love rather than hate, we speak truth as opposed to lies, we show kindness and mercy rather than aggravation and frustration. We actively demonstrate our love to our family and seek to live holy, healthy lives.
This type of transformation cannot be accomplished in isolation; we need other believers to walk with us and encourage us to be transformed to emulate Jesus’ message and mission. This means we are active participants in a discipleship community (Life Group, Iron Men, Koinonia, etc.) and every day we are choosing to read our Bible, journal and pray. During this consistent time in God’s Word, we start receiving personal convictions for how we are to live out this life of faith.