Read: Psalm 139
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. (v. 13)
I’m a firstborn who pretty much falls in line with the prescribed birth-order theory. I’m the classic case of responsible-to-a-fault that can annoy so many firstborn’s siblings. Yet, I must be careful not to categorize too quickly. We are formed as human beings before our birth and we are constantly being re-formed in Jesus. From our creation to our life’s end, we are a continual work of grace, initiated by God, sealed with Christ’s blood, and invited by the Spirit into this deep mystery: to participate in God’s mission of redeeming the world in Jesus Christ.
The devotions over the next two weeks are written by men and women who are being formed to live into their call to ministry through their study at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. As the school’s director of ministerial formation, I have had a front row seat to watch this formation in the classroom, in ministry settings, and in social settings. They are being formed, but their education is only one step in this process. For God has been forming them since birth and will continue to shape them long after they have finished their studies.
God has been working in your life. It may not feel like you expect it to, but the Spirit is living and active. Today, challenge yourself to see the threads of spiritual formation that run through your own life. —Matthew Floding
As you pray, ask God to form you more deeply in Christ.