This is an idea I have been fascinated for awhile but, as a christian, I speak about it in different terms.
“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” 2 Peter 1:4.
Eastern Orthodox understands this as “the purpose of life, and it is considered achievable only through a synergy (or cooperation) between humans’ activities and God’s uncreated energies (or operations)”.
I believe Peter Bensons ‘spark’, Ken Robinsons ‘element‘ and the process of theosis are all speaking of the same thing.
Becoming what we were created to be.
I believe this should be one of the main goals of christian youth work.
Through prayer, prophesy, observation and conversation, we should aid young people in discovering who they are created to be and offer them opportunities to be transformed into this likeness.
Whether it be a footballer or a dancer or a teacher, we should name these qualities and help young people become them and help them relate this to being created in the image of God.
Do you do this currently in your youth work?
If not, how would your work change if this was at the centre?