The next time you’re sitting in your office or at your desk in the library, consider these words from Thomas Merton: “Our vocation is not simply to be, but to work together with God in the creation of our on life, our own identity, our own destiny.”
The wisdom of this quote is Merton’s connecting the working of God to our own work and effort. God is the primer mover, the chief shaper of our lives. But he works in concert with us. He uses Scripture, community, experience, and the disciplines to do His re-creative work in our lives.
This is the on-going work of conversion (sanctification) rather than the completed work of conversion (justification).