you first began to walk with God you were given a message to carry. As you continue to walk with God and yield to
His will, the message will begin to transform all aspects of your life into the
image of Jesus Christ. At some point in
this process of transformation your life will actually become the message.
Jesus came to earth in human form He came as the message of God’s love. He came this way so we could see and hear
what God was like. He took on our form
and language so we could see and understand His message. In essence, to see
Jesus was to see God. To hear Jesus was
to hear God. Jesus was modeling for us what we could become by living a life of
humility and surrender to the will of God.
Paul wrote to the church in Galatia he said, “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.”
(Galatians 4:19) Paul chose the word
“developed” (other translations use the word “formed”) which means to give an outward
expression to the new interior nature that was deposited in our lives at the
moment of salvation. From this word we get the English word “morph”. My wife Jan uses a phrase in her Listening
Prayer ministry that describes this process – “You are and are becoming who you already are”. In other
words, we are becoming – morphing – into the message we carry.
This message was complete
in its initial deposit into our lives, but it has not yet been fully lived out
and tested. This living out of the message is a process of becoming – an
earthly transformation – into the completed person who now sits with Christ in
heaven. What you can become on earth, as you allow the Spirit to transform your life,
is a reflection of the completed you who is currently enthroned with Christ in
heaven. This is what the scripture
defines as our dual citizenship. Your position in heaven is the greater reality
of your identity and that identity will be the final definition of your
life. With this understanding this life can become a confident walk
toward the completed person Christ has made you who now sits with Him in heaven.
The by-product of this understanding is the confidence Paul wrote about
when he described this morphing process to the church in Corinth; “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as
in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image
from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
To possess this understanding is a life transforming truth.