One of the major issues for spiritual formation is the fact that so much energy is spent on behavioral modifications rather than inner transformation. A guy will stop porning, for instance, because he now belongs to this holy club but the inner desires and the root causes for such urges have not been dealt with. The woman with rage issues, manifesting in many various forms, have brought things “under control” but have yet to learn how to adequately put that area of her life on the cross. Nothing has been “uprooted” but plenty of makeup has been applied.
People are not taught how to die (in the “flesh”) effectively. Instead, like poorly run organizations/companies, we spend most of our time on what really doesn’t matter or is ineffective or “fruitless” in the end. We spend so much energy and time trying to look good and keep up appearances. This gets tiring after awhile. In the end, we end up thinking Christianity is as powerless as any other face lifting endeavor or organization. Jesus did not die on the Cross so we can act holy. He died and rose again so that we may have the Power to finally choose right from wrong, to finally have a desire for God and Holy living and not conjure up a lifestyle due to fear of rejection.
In Christ and his ongoing narrative, we have the power and inspiration to live the way we were intended to live. In Christ our taste for the things of the world are uprooted daily and a new taste-bud is downloaded. In Christ we begin to acquire a taste for the good in life, for serving, for selflessness, etc. In Christ we can taste and see that God is Good…
"We are halfhearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased." - CS Lewis