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And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.  2 Corinthians 3:18

becoming – loved, chosen, and in process

I pray you have been lingering in the two previous truths from July and August. First, that you are beloved of God – dearly loved and chosen. Second, that you have a place in God’s family, that you are son/daughter of God. These are crucial in order to comprehend the next truth:

Your story is glory.

I know you have heard so much about the fall and how sin and death entered the world. Yet, if you go back to the beginning – before Adam and Eve disobeyed – and then pay attention to the purpose of Christ’s death and resurrection, our story begins and now continues as one of glory – ever-increasing glory.

From the start God creates everything for you – for humankind – to rule and reign as beloved sons and daughters of God in His Kingdom. Genesis 1:28 states:

God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it; rule over… every living thing that moves on the earth.

Sin separates you from your ability to walk in this blessing, but the blessing is still given and as part of being redeemed from sin, death, and the devil by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, you are rescued from the power of darkness and brought back into the field of God’s blessing. Revelation 22:5 sums up the crescendo toward which you are headed in Christ:

And there will no longer be night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.

In the meantime you are becoming, a work in progress. You are a renovation in process. You are a new creation in Christ – your identity is established – or more accurately re-established as a son/daughter of God. Yet as children need to grow and mature, so you are developing and maturing. Such growth involves dying and rising, having things removed and things added as you are transformed more and more into the image of God in Christ. Paul writes well the effort this can be:

My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you… Galatians 4:19

Make no mistake, the forming going on in you is the will and work of God for His good pleasure as He grows up His children – not to become His children, but to become more and more like Jesus, from one glory to the another. And that is where you and I find ourselves – sometimes more and sometimes less like Jesus. Yet, we can trust, God remains faithful to bring the work to completion in our lives – sometimes in spite of us.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)

I pray that as you discover grace for your process of becoming more like Jesus, you will also be free to extend that grace to others who are also in the same becoming stages of life. Your story and the story of every other person on the planet is one in progress. Rather than condemning or accusing or judging your brother and sister, you will see them with the eyes of Christ. That you will see another life as one for whom out abundant love, Jesus died and rose again so that they would have new life. A life with whom Jesus may have you participate as you both become more and more a story of glory. Pastor Jon