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. II Corinthians 3:18 NIV
Eighteen months seems like enough time to transform. How about three years? 40 years? Or, even a 1000 years? How long does transformation really need to take?
I sometimes feel like my whole life has been spent trying to transform my body. I try not to, but I've bought into all the negative body image garbage the news media propagates. Thighs are too big; nose is too long; hair is too wavy; ankles are too this or that.
I've always tried to be health conscious. About three years ago I did get serious about my diet and joined the "clean eating" bandwagon. It's amazing how many times one person can fall off the bandwagon. Eighteen months ago, I committed to a tough but balanced exercise program. I keep falling off that wagon and occasionally rolling under the wagon and hiding. But, I get back up and get back on the program.
I struggle every day with my choices of food and exercise. It's mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. While outwardly these struggles look like an issue of willpower or dedication, the true core of the issue is often the heart.
Every day with every choice I make I'm asking: Is God enough?
Is God enough to satisfy my longings and frustrations? Is God enough to encourage and support me? Is God enough to love me just as I am today?
God doesn't love me more or less on days I exercise or eat a balanced diet. I'm not talking about earning God's love because I worked my plan perfectly. I'm talking about a God that loves me every day no matter what.
God loves me because I am a work in progress.
Over the last few months, I've read the first 1500 years of Israel's Biblical history. Talk about people that are a work in progress. The pages of the Bible came alive for me as tried to imagine why each person made certain choices. And, why God made the choices He did.
I just finished reading the Old Testament book of Judges. It was too much. It was too hard. It was a time period when people just didn't believe God was enough. While there are glimmers of heart transformations in Judges, the last verse sums up the time period: In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. Judges 21:25 NIV
People did what they thought would satisfy their longings or frustrations. They looked for encouragement or support in themselves or others. The Israelites looked for love in something or someone other than God. The Israelites had a heart issue.
Thankfully, this isn't where the story ends for the Israelites or for you and me. Our transformation continues because of the love of God, his son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. We don't have to be enough. We don't have to have perfect bodies and live in perfect homes with perfect kids and perfect marriages.
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, our heart transformation begins in earnest. If you have questions about what it means to "accept Jesus Christ," please explore questions and answers at I Am Second. http://www.iamsecond.com/faith-questions/
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Dear Heavenly Father, today I give my transformation over to You. Amen
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