Being Molded to Godliness

We are constantly being conformed to the image of Christ.  After we receive salvation, we then begin a process of being purified and brought back to a place of godliness.  I was reading a sermon by Jonathan Edwards called “God Glorified in Man’s Dependence” a while back, and he had some very good things to say about this process: 

“Men are dependent on the power of God for every exercise of grace, and for carrying on the work in the heart, for subduing sin and corruption, increasing holy principles, and enabling to bring forth fruit in good works.  Man is dependent on divine power in bringing grace to its perfection, in making the soul completely amiable in Christ’s glorious likeness, and filling it with a satisfying joy and blessedness; and for the raising of the body to life, and to such a perfect state, that it shall be suitable for a habitation and organ for a soul so perfected and blessed.  These are the most glorious effects of the power of God, that are seen in the series of God’s acts with respect to creatures.”

 This truth is both liberating and frustrating at the same time.  The fact that we are incapable of doing good and obtaining holiness is a liberating truth.  It is great to know that we do not have to perform to make ourselves into the image of Christ.  This is great in that it keeps us from competing in holy competitions with other believers.  It also takes the pressure off of us to do anything but submit.  That is, however, where the frustration enters the picture.  We are so used to performing, being, and doing that it makes it very hard for us to daily submit to the Holy Spirit to live this Christian life through us and bring us to holiness and purity in His timing.  God is the one who does the work.  Our job is to submit and let Him work in and through us. We are just clay in the hands of the Potter being molded into the image He desires us to be.