So my wife and I were talking about how to move forward with our striving to a healthier approach to life. The right food and the right kind of exercise. Now we vacillate in our approach to food… overall I think we have adapted more of a healthy lifestyle related to eating (but continues to need work). But we aren’t resistant to it. On the exercise side of the equation we like to take walks and will do some aerobic exercises. But then there is that dreadful weight training part of it. I said right out loud to her that is the area I really don’t care for…. What is that resistance to that about.
Over the holiday I was able to bring a message about transformation (change) to a couple of the churches I serve at. Now I related it to that big push for change related to the turning over of the calendar to a new year. But realistically as a follower of Christ transformation (change) is part of our walk of becoming more like Christ. But I wonder if that same resistance factor doesn’t come in for many of us that I have with that whole weight training thing. I also wonder if it might related to not being able to see the real benefit of doing said activity… especially when the change doesn’t come quickly enough for us.
Then we hear these words from Paul to the church in Corinth about this transformation process….
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:17 – 18
It is an ever increasing glory…. for our lives to be on that transformation process of being transformed into His image!! What does that suggest for us? And how do we buy into this process? If we have already… then how do we know our next steps?
Like that weight training thing… I need to buy in!! There are all kinds of forces working against me. Like the call to those snacks, or that call to do some activity that I would much rather do than that weight training stuff. How do we know what is happening similarly to our process of transformation. As we open up this new year let’s explore that together!!
So let’s hear a little more of Paul’s instructions (Paul was a man all in for that process of transformation)…
12 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12: 1 – 2 (msg.)