Jesus came to reveal to us the true picture of who we are and what we are capable of reproducing if we follow him. He is a picture of God’s dream for humanity and he came to help us discover who we were created to be and what we are designed to do. As we allow him to carry more influence in our lives we begin to see this image of God’s dream for each one of us immerge as Christ is formed in us.
Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I'm going through labor pains for you again, and they
will continue until Christ is fully
developed in your lives.
People are very complex in that we do have choice and we do have the ability to be many things all at once such as children and parents, spouses and friends, leaders and followers and all this at the same time.
Sometimes we are both good and bad ground as we embrace one truth and pass over another. It’s as if bitter water and sweet water flowed from the same fountain. Jam 3:11 This should not be but we are forced to realize that it is a part of today’s reality and at the very least it should make us oh, so grateful for the grace and mercy of God.
There are numerous areas of knowledge and various kinds of relationships and each one is like a field being plowed up, seeded and cared for. In each area there are spiritual interests and natural interests. We are spirit, soul and body 1 Thes 5:23 and all three areas must always be cared for.
We can develop our spirits and neglect our bodies or we can focus on our physical health and totally neglect our spiritual needs. We can develop our natural mind and neglect our spiritual progress. Further, we have relational needs with friends, family, spouses, fellow laborers, God and even ourselves and all these daily dynamics need attention in all three areas all the time.
Some fields, like relations, get more attention than others. There is God’s dream for each circumstance and then there is our reality and life is the journey between the two points. Our desire to increase our capacity in any of these areas is critical. First we must believe that we can improve and that comes only after we realize we should improve.
While being a good husband one can neglect being a good father. While being moral is necessary, being moral in a single area doesn’t mean that one is healthy in all areas of morality. All this paints a picture of who we are and what we are seeding in our families, in our work place, in our churches, in our world.
By the priorities we set we seed what is important to us into the world around us. At the end of the day we all pick our friends, we pick our priorities, we pick our bedfellows. We choose what we will invest in and what needs to wait.
This might seem a bit overwhelming or in fact it should seem overwhelming but let’s face the fact that we are on a journey to become more like our Heavenly Father who in fact is..….God. We are a fallen race. We have fallen from great heights that God is returning us to. It’s a tall order we are trying to fill but one that we can aspire to since we are in fact the very children of God and we do after all enjoy his favor, his kindness and patience along with his promise of help. Psa 5:12, Rom 2:4, Heb 4:16
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.