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Making Lite Work of the Work in Us

March 20, 20124 Comments

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Co 3:18

We all have struggles and we all pray about those struggles; problems within and problems without (2 Cor 7:5).  You are probably familiar with a prayer like this, “God, I just want to be changed, so that I won’t make the mistakes I keep making.”  or “Lord change me, make me into Your image, remove anything in me that’s not right”   We pray this and then the next day we mess up.  No condemnation, and if you’re praying those prayers, keep praying, my point is not to correct the words we use, but to encourage you till your change comes.

Rest assured God has heard our prayers, the bible says our prayers are like incense in heaven (Rev 5:8).  His heart is always attentive to our problems and He is present during our distresses.  However, most often when we are praying   “Lord change me, make me into Your image…etc” we are asking for instantaneous spiritual growth, we want to open our eyes after the prayer and be “changed”, and live “perfectly ever after”.  From looking at the bible we know assuredly that our change has come, but yet we still have a way to go, and it won’t be the instantaneous spiritual growth we’d like.  However there is something that we get to have all through the process no matter where we find our self in the spectrum of change.  (Side note, the bible talks about growing in grace, but it never gives excuses for one to live in sin. We are to flee from known sin, Paul states how can we who died to sin live in it? Rom 6:2)

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”   Rev 3:2

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. John 15:5

He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

We get God! He wants to spend time with us, and during that time He wants to change us into His image.  It’s much like how we pick up habits from friends we have spent countless evenings with, or how our spouses can finish our sentences after many years of marriage, and how children began to talk like their parents.  It can be called assimilation, but biblically it’s called sanctification and having our minds renewed.  During this process of time we get to know Him and He changes us.  We might not like the wait, but during the journey we get to know God!

I remember in high school never wanting to read the book assignments, the books were long and I had better things to do with my time, so I read the cliff notes!  I got finished really fast and was able to fill my time with things I enjoyed, but when it came to discussion in class there was a difference between what I said, and the kids who took the time to read the whole book.  They understood the plot better, knew details I didn’t, and actually enjoyed the book once at the end.  Fortunately, God doesn’t do “cliff note” spiritual growth!  All of His children will have to do it the same way, walk, abide and dine!  The blessing that we get is to experience Him, as He works out change in us.

God has promised to complete the work that He started in you (Phil 1:6).  That’s where we can find rest, because it’s His work, He started it, and He plans on completing it.  We are His workmanship in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:10), He works in us both to will and to do according to His good pleasure.  It’s all Him, and we are His, unless God says He’s frustrated with you, don’t be frustrated with yourself! God has willingly committed Himself to us during this time of growth and change.

A side thought on prayer, since it’s about relationship try what Brother Lawrence did and take one prayer a day, and turn it into an ongoing conversation with God all day.  Or take the one, 1-minute prayer, and trade it for one long time in prayer.  In either case expect God to complete His work in you and be confidently at rest while He does.

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  1. “He wants to change us into His image” love what you said in your blog. Thanks for sharing you thoughts.
    Gail

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