Here at Keswick our motto is: Where God Speaks to Hearts and Transforms Lives. Oh, how true that is and what amazing transformations we see. Not only does God do mighty things in the lives of the Colony men, but we also see it in conference guests and staff alike.
God uses at least 3 different catalysts to change us.
1. PEOPLE: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Prov. 27:17
Colony men help Colony men, staff helps Colony men, Colony men grow and challenge staff, staff challenges each other and the dynamics go on. So it is in all other avenues of life – people either help us grow or they can be a negative influence on our lives. Are you placing yourself around those Christians that can help you grow? Do you have a mentor or accountability partner? Are you surrounded by Christian friends that can help you through the ups and downs of life?
2. CIRCUMSTANCES: “And we know that all things work for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Rom. 8:28
Another very true and powerful statement even if we don’t believe it when we are going through trials. I have a college friend that has lost 10 babies to miscarriages, still births, and twins in the first 2 days of their precious lives. No one knows why and at the time it was very tough, but in turn she has taken in special need foster children, has had 3 of her own and now has an amazing ministry to women going through the same trials. The circumstances were not good, but God turned them into good as she ministers to others.
3. EXERCISE: “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather exercise yourself to be godly. For physical exercise is of some value, but godliness has value for all things.” 1 Tim. 4:7
As an athlete hardens their body, testing it to the limits, so that it will respond under stress; our bodies must be kept in spiritual bounds to effectively serve our faith and be fruitful. I’d like to follow up on this devotional with several more on the various ways that we can exercise ourselves unto godliness.
Dr. Lynne Jahns