Transformation is a Process
The inspiration to write about the things we struggle to rise above, as Christians, came from realization that we tend to dwell more on the immediate than on our transformation. We are inclined to draw conclusion about ourselves and others based on what we see in that instance. I don’t want to use the word ‘judge’, but that’s what most of us do. We fail to realize that nothing substantial happens just like that!
It is relieving to know that God does not expect an instantaneous transformation from us. He knows how this works because He is our creator. He is very aware as we should be too that the old man or nature wants very much to remain in control in us. I personally have observed that most occurrences in life come as a result of a ‘process’, a step by step, multilevel, progressive process. For instance, when I make a decision or a plan, I never get to it immediately. It usually take a series of mental and physical preparation (and whatever else i need) to get to the point where I can begin to act in the direction I have set. So when we make the decision to follow Christ, we don’t become like him overnight. It takes some time depending on our level of commitment and dedication. Romans 12:2 says to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Here, the goal is to be transformed, but it takes a mind-renewal process to get there. The key word being ‘process’. You know how it is, it takes a while. It’s okay to find that you still struggle with some things. We all know that old habits die-hard (I wouldn’t say ‘never die’ because we now operate in the Spirit). While that may be so, a total surrender to Christ makes the process a bit easier or simpler than if we were on our own.
We are Perfectly Faulty
So on the journey to perfection, those issues we struggle with are platforms for transformation. The strife, pride, envy, greed, deceitfulness, self destructiveness, disillusionment, selfishness, lack of love, an all the other characteristics that come with being human are our faults. Isn’t it obvious that a healthy person needs no doctor (or nurse or chemist, forgive my sarcasm). The essence of our living is service to God as we journey to perfection. There is a starting point, from where we embark on our individual journey. Let us call it point A. The point in our lives when we realize that Jesus saved us so we can be heirs with him and be like him. A state in which we are broken and realize that on our own we are nothing. Then there is the destination, point B, where God is taking us to. There is a spiritually and emotionally overwhelming journey and process in getting to our point B.
Our faults are lines and edges along which we are polished and refined. That’s what the process is about. Refinement. If you are perfect, there is nothing to refine. Faultless? Nothing to repair. Sinless and guiltless? Nothing to forgive. That really does not describe any one I know and I am sure you agree. The point is those faults of ours now, form the basis of our perfection as we go. We are perfectly faulty!
Do you agree that our faults are lines and edges along which we need to be polished and refined?