We have to recognize that we have been put into a very specific position as a gift from God. We do nothing to enter this place. It’s a gift. We do everything to remain there. It’s called abiding, portraying who God is. The key element to abiding is that we represent Christ in all the areas of our development. The brilliant thing is as we are learning to grow up in God, as we’re learning about the nature of God, we actually get to represent that to other people!
(from Growing Up In God)