Confession time. I have been pretty frustrated lately with my indwelling sin. It doesn’t seem to be getting any better with regard to noticeable change in self-control. In other words, it doesn’t seem as if I have lost any weight. I’ve come to the biblical conclusion that for me dieting and exercise regimens are a false religion. See this post and another for more on that. In reality, however, I AM progressing in my sanctification, just not how I would like to see it. For now, I am patiently waiting on the Lord to do in me what he needs to do.
The bible says, “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24) I believe that, although I don’t always. I’m like that guy who told Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9″24) Sometimes I feel like throwing in the towel and walking away from battle of sin (as if I really could!). No, I’m committed even if I don’t act like it at times. When I get my head on straight, I can rest in the idea of patiently waiting.
After all, God doesn’t always transform in an instant, although sometimes he does. No, for this sin of mine, it’s a process. In fact, I talked all this over last night with a good friend of mine. He’s experiencing the same thing. It was good to know that neither of us are alone.
Here’s some scripture that I find comforting.
18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:23-24
10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Colossians 3:10
So, you see, it’s a process. God intended it that way. To expect perfection today is really the same as saying I don’t think God is doing a good job. Honestly, haven’t I learned by now that my way doesn’t work? Why not enjoy the process by patiently waiting on him?
This doesn’t give me license to sin, to be sure. I still need to be learning more about this business of sanctification. However, I can enjoy peace in the meantime. And, who knows, maybe God will even grant me some self-control!
For more on this, check out this post from Ligonier Ministiries.
Father, I thank you for your bible and good friends to talk this stuff through. Amen.
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