Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Process of Becoming

For those of us who have come to know Jesus Christ, and are in a transformational relationship with Him, we are in the process of becoming who we were created to be. We aren’t who we used to be … even though we fall, stumble, and stray from time-to-time.

In our daily life, we aren’t yet fully who we truly are. Even though God is presenting us faultless before His glory with exceeding joy, we live in a body that is riddled with the life-threatening disease the Word of God calls “sin.” At times we seem to be incapable of doing the things that we should.

Still, day-by-day and moment by moment we’re being transformed (Greek = metamorphoo) by the inner renewing power of the Holy Spirit who resides in our innermost being. We are like a lowly caterpillar that completely metamorphoses into a beautiful butterfly. This supernatural transformation takes place from glory to glory as we behold the radiance of God in His Word. In actuality, it is God, the Holy Spirit, who accomplishes this miracle deep within us.

God undertakes this phenomenon in much the same way that He created all that we see in the genesis of the human raceHe speaks to us through His Living Word day by day and over time, He calls us into being who He truly designed us to be! It’s like Ephesians 3:20 in The Message: 
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Romans 4:17 in the NASB has a curious phase that captures this creative work: God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. Day-by-day as we invest time in His word to be intimate with Him, as we pray, and as we listen, He calls into being facets of our character and passion for Him that were previously absent or missing. He’s calling us to be all and everything that He planned for us to be. In mind-boggling fashion, He predestined this identity before the foundation of the universe. 

As Henri Nouwen wrote from the moment we claim the truth of being the Beloved, we are faced with the call to become who we are

                   Click here to see yourself 
                     in the English mirror .                                

                    Haga clic aquí para verte 
                     en el espejo en Espanol

How about you? Where are you at in your journey? Are you riddled with doubt about your standing with God like I was for most of my first couple decades in Christ? Do you struggle with self-hatred and feel like God is distant from you? Are you engaging in the spiritually transformational discipline of listening to God on a regular basis? Are you meaningfully engaged in the process of becoming?

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