I’m thinking about how the Lord allows processes in our lives to show us the beauty and pain of change. Although there is pain in the process there is also beauty. We get to a place of searching and excavating-this is the place of pain, then a place of acceptance and then a place of deliverance. As we are delivered we begin to walk into Freedom, a place of Beauty. Ephesians 2:10 talks about us being God’s handiwork, His workmanship, recreated (born anew) that we may do good works, which He prepared for us, that we should walk in them. Freedom is a place to be explored; it is Change. Change is a place that can bring about new challenges of its own but you are free from yesterday’s things.
What are those challenges that Change brings? When you choose to live right, Be like Christ and live in oneness with Him and the Father you sign up for dying to yourself to please Him. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 says, Furthermore, brethren, we beg and admonish you in [virtue of our union with] the Lord Jesus, that [you follow the instructions which] you learned from us about how you ought to walk so as to please and gratify God, as indeed you are doing, [and] that you do so even more and more abundantly [attaining yet greater perfection in living this life]. Paul used strong words here, “I beg you” because he knew we would run into some objections, obstacles, hindrances in our Walk.
Why is change important? I believe it’s because we must grow into Eternity’s Perfection. Every change gets us closer to the reality of our true identity in Christ. It’s like an awakening. We awaken to Truth, we Awaken to God’s true intent for us; we awaken to “Christ-likeness” from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18), from strength to strength (Psalm 84:7). As we find that Freedom place in Christ through Transformation, we are able to embrace the abundant life that John 10:10 talks about:
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). –Jesus Christ of Nazareth, our Lord, our Savior
May we all find Beauty today in His Abundant Life...get there.