What happen when Christ formed in you is the question of many believers today.
God does not want us to stop at the point of regeneration. He desires that we grow to greater heights in our christian experience, to the point where He reveals His son in us. He also want us to make impact in the lives of other people by forming Christ in them.(Mathew 28:19-20).
<br />Forming Christ in others presupposes that Christ has also been formed in us because no one can give what he does not have.
Paul the apostle was a persecutor of those belonging to the way until his Damascus experience in Acts 9 verse 1 to 19.
After Christ was formed in him nothing else mattered to him except to ‘know Christ and the power of His resurrection and The fellowship of his sufferings and being made conformable onto His death.’ (Philippians 3:10).
He thus subjected himself to personal study of the word, personal retreat and a period of discipleship under the Lord Jesus Christ Himself(Gal.1:16-19).
He there after devoted his entire life to preaching and practicing the gospel. No wonder he could ask the Corinthians brethren to follow him even as he followed Christ.
As christians, we’re called to be salt and light. This means that we’re preserving the culture as we illuminate the gospel. But how do we do that? How can we be an influence that brings the best out of the people around us and makes it easier for them to discover and follow Jesus?
Here are four suggestions that will happen when Christ formed in you
1. Show and tell
The gospel is a story that must be told. Paul tells us that, “faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Romans 10:17). For people to come to faith in Jesus, we need to tell them about Jesus.
But they also need to see the fruit of the gospel at work in our lives. When we exhibit integrity in the midst of temptation, kindness in response to abuse, and forgiveness in return for harm, we demonstrate the transformative power of salvation. We tell the world around us, “The gospel isn’t just something I believe. It’s something that’s changing me from the inside out.”
This doesn’t mean that we need to be perfect all the time, but we do need to be aware that people are taking their cue from us. When they see how serious we are about our faith and how it impacts every area of our lives, they’re more apt to take it seriously themselves.
2. Demonstrate vulnerability and honest reflection
Throughout Scripture, we’re told that God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble (Proverbs 3:34, 11:2, Isaiah 2:12, James 4:10). We need to fight the urge to pretend we’re holier than we are or that we’ve got it more together than everyone else.
When we stumble—and we will—we need to own it, confess, and move forward. We shouldn’t point the finger or gloss over our mistakes. It’s so rare to see people take responsibility for their missteps that when it actually happens, people are pleasantly surprised.
James tells us that we are to “confess our sins to one another and pray for each other so you may be healed” (James 5:16). The idea that sharing my faults with others can bring healing is counter-cultural. It needs to be seen to be believed. We should strive to exhibit that level of vulnerability.
3. Maintain a positive attitude
We live in a pretty negative world. If we focus on all that’s wrong, it’s easy to become disheartened and pessimistic. In fact, Jesus warns about the last days saying, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). This doesn’t mean that people’s wickedness would make them incapable of love. He means that in response to the world’s inequity, people would respond by closing their hearts.
But our attitude about life demonstrates where we’ve placed our trust. We don’t have to look at the world as people without hope. On the contrary, Paul says that God has blessed us “in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3b).
We should follow Paul’s admonition: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8). This is how we maintain our perspective in a world surrounded by so much negativity. And our attitude will have a significant impact on others in our lives.
4. Defend others
One essential truth of the gospel is that everyone is valuable and worth the sacrifice Jesus paid for them. When we begin to see others through this lens, people notice.
If they’re not careful, it’s easy for Christians to fall into gossiping, backbiting, and negative criticism. What we fail to realize is that how we treat each other communicates something important about our faith and ministry. Jesus said it this way, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).
When we avoid gossiping about others and are quick to defend them, we’re telling the people around us that we’re safe to confide in and trustworthy. By choosing to build people up instead of tearing them down, we encourage the same behavior from others.
Why are you finding it difficult to form Christ in others when Christ formed in you
1. Culturally, people are not open to the kind of vulnerability that discipling entails.
There is a consumerist approach that has come into many people’s attitude to church today. They come expecting a good program and are attracted by certain things in the church—the music, the preaching, the small-group Bible studies, or the children’s program. They like to enjoy these provisions while guarding their privacy by having no one interfere with their personal lives. Sadly, because of this, many Christians are living a double life, looking fine at church while struggling with sin or serious problems or discouragements which no one in church knows about.
When leaders sense this reluctance of members to be open about their lives, they can shy away from trying to establish discipling relationships. However, I have found that sometimes the perseverance of leaders in attempting to establish close ties with potential disciplees bears fruit resulting in members becoming open to vibrant discipling relationships.
The battle for souls, especially through prayer, deepens our relationship with God.
2. Many leaders are not willing to give the time and commitment that discipling requires.
Discipling requires the discipler to devote large chunks of time to personally meet disciplees to their needs. It also requires costly, sometimes painful, long-term commitment to these individuals. Even though such commitment is a key feature of Christianity, Christians in this fast-moving society are often reluctant to take it on. Leaders must make finding time to meet with individuals a priority. That is a difficult task considering how busy most of us are. But it is something we must commit to do because it is something we are called to do. Our disciplees may fail badly. Some, like Judas, may not make it to the end. Others, like Peter, may make big mistakes after we have invested heavily in them. Discipling is a frustrating activity, and our impatient, efficiency-oriented society looks at frustration as something to be avoided.
But Paul teaches that frustration is an essential part of life in a fallen world (Rom. 8:20) and that groaning is a normal response to it (Rom. 8:23). Those who disciple others need to be open to a life of regular frustration and groaning. Jesus had the frustration of seeing his disciples make some of their biggest mistakes right at the end of their training period. But those disciples started the largest and most significant movement the world has ever seen!
3. Discipling relationships have been abused through the excesses of insecure disciplers.
Sometimes disciplers become possessive of their disciplees and don’t like to expose them to other good influences within the body of Christ. Some have too much control over the disciplees’ lives, forcing them to surrender their personal preferences to the will of the group, even on things that are not insisted in Scripture. Some followers will repress their individuality, be absorbed into the will of the group, and stay on, finding security in this cultic era. Others will rebel after a time and leave. But they usually leave with deep hurts. The unity spoken of in the Bible is a unity in diversity, where people are given the freedom to follow their visions that contribute to the common good.
To overcome the pitfalls of insecurity in discipling, it is essential that disciplers ensure that there is a healthy balance in their lives and ministries. They need to work toward finding their primary satisfaction from God and not from their ministry. If our disciplees are more important to our fulfillment than God, they have become an idol that can lead us astray. Leaders also need to ensure that their other primary relationships are healthy, such as their relationships with family and the wider body of Christ. For a healthy Christian life, disciplers need to have close friendships outside their discipleship group. Discipling always takes place from within the context of the body of Christ.
Dangers of not forming Christ in others when Christ formed in you
1.Biblical illiteracy. Listening to sermons and attending small groups are great for learning the Word, but many believers who attend both still know very little of the Word. Strong discipleship deepens the knowledge gained and helps believers apply biblical truths.
2.Faith struggles. That’s what happens when people don’t really know the Word. That lack of knowledge makes it difficult to trust God when believers face their own obstacles and impossibilities.
3.Inward focus. Churches typically default into an inward focus; that is, their attention is more on themselves than others. Only a strategy to direct believers to the Word and the Great Commission can change that focus. That’s what discipleship does.
<br />4.Lost church members. People must know the gospel to respond to the gospel and to proclaim the gospel to others. Apart from being taught and equipped, how can they know the gospel enough to evaluate their own lives and then evangelize others?
Brethren What happen when Christ formed in you? Do you imitate Him? if you are leading and others are following you, are there chances that your followers will get to the expected destination?.