By John McRae | Thursday, May 10, 2018 | 7:00 AM
We live in an on-demand society. We can stream practically any TV show or movie that we want to in an instant through our TVs, phones, computers, or tablets. If there is something we want to buy, we can go on-line and order it. In some cases, we can even get it delivered on the same day. Our desire for instant gratification permeates so far that it affects our pursuit for patience. Oh...we want patience…we just want it right now – we don’t want to wait for it.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the ability to stream TV shows and movies and I also love my Amazon Prime membership. But we must be careful, and not allow these on-demand expectations to bleed over into our spiritual lives. Now, our salvation does bring immediate purification from sin the moment we acknowledge Jesus as Lord. However, there is a process that follows aimed at transforming the sin nature inside us into God’s own nature.
- 2 Corinthians 3:18: And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
- Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
These verses tell us that as we study, pursue, and reflect on who God is and the truth of His word – God will use our immersion in His word to transform us. Paul tells us in Romans to avoid conformity to the world and to be transformed by the ongoing renewing of our mind in Christ.
These words scream process and clearly outline God’s expectation that we engage in the journey. Paul goes further and shares that as we do, God blesses that commitment by revealing more of Himself and His plans for our lives along the way. Don’t be misled, though. The process is not an easy one. In fact, it is often referred to as a fire:
- Isaiah 48:10: See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
- 1 Peter 1:7: These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
- Matthew 3:10: His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
We must realize that in these times of testing, God is working to purge those things inside us that do not align with His character and will. In the garden, He created man in His image, but sin distorted that picture. He sent Christ to this earth to re-create us so that in the end, when people look at us – they see Him. The old must pass away and the new must come.
This process may be difficult, but the reward is eternally worth it. I encourage you all to remain strong and true on whatever journey the Lord brings you through. Hold onto the Lord and trust in His purpose, His will, His direction, and His closeness.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day and we celebrate all the women in this world who have loved and led us as mothers do. They are an amazing blessing straight from God, and we thank Him for them every day. We will also spend time talking about God’s name, Jehovah Rapha – the Lord who heals me. I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday.
In His Service,