Saturday, January 24th, 2015
Becoming (Part 2)
Everybody's Becoming Something
Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the Word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word, and he becomes unfruitful.
Matthew 13:22 (NKJV)
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 (NKJV)
Everything's going somewhere. Everybody's becoming something. Nothing alive can be still. Life is a journey, destiny is a path, growth is a process, and movement is inevitable. God designed Adam, the world's first man, with atoms, one of the world's smallest components. Both of them were made to move.
Which leads us to a key question every person should ask: Where am I going?
The world sees the short view: broad paths, fast tracks, fair faces, fine dresses, new things, great buys, smart phones, hot dates, sweet treats, cool cars, grand houses, vast wealth, big bling, lead roles, top spots, best jobs, fun friends, posh perks and tempting trophies. We are wowed. We want to go there. But should we?
The church looks like the world. Add in veiled sin, small faith, wide pews, blind eyes, fake love, nice songs, thick walls, thin words and mission moments. The Good Book is cut to an Easy Listening track. Pastors preach popular Passages to please us. We are wowed. We want to go there. But should we? *
Think about old people (I'm getting there). They're like wine. With age, the best of us become refined: we're deeper and smoother. But if the bottle gets sour, we're hard to stomach. Think about drunk people. They're like beer. Pretense evaporates like froth: their essence (for better or worse) becomes clear.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your destiny to become stars of light was written long ago. So was this age of media. Especially now, look beyond the world's best stuff to remember where you're going and how to get there.** Walk beyond the church's worst stuff to remember Whom you're becoming and how to do it.***
Since everybody's becoming something and no one here is finished, consider the short view, but cherish the distant vision. Because reaching your destiny is a marathon, not a sprint; a process, not a purchase; a show, not a role; a glow, not a flash; a service, not a symbol; a direction, not an arrival; a movement, not a moment; a mission, not a trip; and a King, not a crown.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion series: The Straight Up Word: http://amtcdevotions.org/the-straight-up-word-part-1-the-wordbucks-cafe
** Heaven by following Jesus. He is found in His Word. Never cut Him short.
*** Jesus by His indwelling Spirit. By extending the fruit of the Spirit, you will look becoming to others. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+5%3A22-23&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Becoming series.