What would you like the story of your life to look like? Everyone has a ‘canvas’ on which ‘to paint’ the story of their life. If you were to paint yours, what would picture you create?
Psalm 45 begins, “My heart is overflowing with a good theme…” The story of your life is determined by the overflow of your heart. Remember, transformation is always progressive, always changing and moving forward.
The Apostle Paul knew all about transformation first-hand. From murderer of Christians to Apostle of the Church, the canvas of his life underwent radical change. He admitted,
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV)
Paul was well-aware that he had some changing still to do but he understood that it wasn͛t about perfection, qualifications or credentials; it was about Christ͛s righteousness. He was committed to pressing toward the goal of transformation into Christ͛s image.
Paul refused to flee from the struggle and suffering involved with change. He was passionate for the Cause of Christ and his passion oftentimes involved pain. In fact, the Latin word for passion means pain.
In our fight for change, we must realise that a certain degree of pain is involved. Putting to ‘death’ the old ways of thinking, feeling and behaving is uncomfortable at best, and often painful! Don͛t be passive but be committed to pressing on. The fruit is the reward; the blessing of God begins to overtake your life as you are in the process of transformation “from glory to glory”, day by day.
Life is filled with situations where we are faced with a ‘fight or flight͛ decision. If you run, you’ll have to face the same fight again. You want to change your life? You have to fight for it. But take heart – you are in good company!
1 Timothy 6:12 (NKJV)
2 Timothy 4:7 (NKJV)