I was listening to a Tim Keller sermon on Romans 6 today for one of my counseling classes. In this sermon, Keller talks about this quote from CS Lewis' Mere Christianity:
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
I love that. Keller says that if being a christian means union with Christ, then you have to do two things:
1. Get rid of your low goals (actually get rid of your "your goals"
2. Anticipate that you will not be able to anticipate the magnitude of the changes that will happen. But when they come, you will be grateful for.
The process is long, and at parts painful, but that is what you are in for, nothing less.
just some food for thought.