We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
When I was a child, Saturday morning cartoons were worth getting up early for. They just don’t make them like they used to. I’m going to reveal my age by asking this question, but do you remember the show Transformers? Maybe it was before or after your time, but for those of us who grew up in the eighties Transformers was “part of this complete breakfast.” It went great with Cheerios and orange juice.
I can remember sitting with my T.V. tray, watching this incredible, action-packed program. As I searched for cut up banana in my bowl of milk and little O’s, I’d marvel over Optimus Prime as he shifted from a robot to a cab over truck then back to a robot. There were no glitches, no mistakes, just fluid and instantaneous transformation.
Don’t you just love the idea of immediate change? I can think of many areas in my own life where this would be more than welcomed. Healthier eating habits along with more exercise being one. This may not be a struggle for some of you, but I’ve never been one to wake with a burning desire to run three miles and eat nothing but fruit and vegetables throughout the day. I’m more of a meat and potatoes kind of girl who enjoys bike riding because it’s like running, but you get to sit down.
A complete change in my diet and physical activity won’t happen overnight. It’s a process that will take time, discipline and a whole lot of grace.
Much of the same is true in our walk with God.
The transformation of who we are now, to who God longs for us to be in Christ is a process. I can thankfully say today, though I’m not fully where I need to be, I’m not where I was five years ago. I’ve learned I need daily quiet times with God. I need to have a diligent prayer life both where I talk and listen to God.
My time spent with God comes more naturally now, though it didn’t always. When I first came to Christ, I had some deep struggles that were difficult to overcome. I thought now that I was a Christian those struggles would simply go away. But they didn’t. So I tried and tried and tried to make them go away on my own, and nothing worked.
You see, by trying to change instantaneously on my own, I was leaving God out of the equation. It’s like I was saying, “thanks for that whole salvation thing, but I got it from here.” How absurd!
After exhausting myself to the point of giving up, I came back to the Lord and accepted His grace. It was no longer something I believed I had to work for. I accepted it fully and freely and finally understood I was a work in progress. His grace allowed me to remain in His presence so that His love could seep into my heart, and that is when the real change began. I was no longer trying, I was living freely in God’s love.
The more time I spend with God, the more aware I become of not only His presence with me but His presence in me. Areas that God’s love has transformed don’t have to be thought upon like before. His character is becoming my character. And though I still have a long way to go, I’m thankful for what He’s done so far. I want to live my life out in that gratitude, taking on His nature all the more.
- Do you view yourself as a work in progress or do you desire instant change? How do you receive God’s grace? Is it something you believe you have to work for or do you receive it freely?
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of Your grace that is given so freely. Help me receive it so I no longer feel the need to work for Your acceptance. You love me just as I am, and by the power of that same love, I am conformed more and more into Your image. Help me understand that this is a process. It is not something that happens overnight, yet a continuation until the day You call me home. In Your name, Amen.
PC3 writer Mandy Hughes wrote today’s devotional.