Galatians 2:20 (ESV) I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
In the middle of a conversation the other day I had a profound thought, a realization actually. We were discussing a myriad of topics involving faith, theology and religious beliefs, traditions and conventions. As we talked, I had a thought and without processing it completely verbalized it. I said, with a cheshire grin, “I love what Jesus is doing to me!”
I moved on from that conversation and continued to ponder that statement. That night, I shared it in my Iron Men’s group. What did that mean? I know I’ve thought about Jesus’ transformation and remodeling of my “self”, but had never really thought about it in that way. I realized that I had never honestly thanked Him for what He is doing to me.
I know I thank Him often for His sacrifice on the cross. I thank Him for His endless love and grace. I thank Him for the life He has given me and the blessings He rains down upon me. I think of Him often and thank Him consistently for what He does for me. Until that moment, I don’t believe I have ever thanked Him for what He does to me.
Now, I don’t want anyone to read this and think that I think, ‘hey look at me, I’ve arrived. The work is done, time for the next project’. I know this is a continual process. I know I will back slide, stumble and fall. I know there are a great many areas desperately in need of address and refinement. However, I also know that what He has done to me is just the beginning. I know that He has created in me, today, something better than was there yesterday. I know that tomorrow He will do even more to me and I will be better still.
Psalms 51:10-13 (NKJV)