I’ve been reading the book of Romans lately, and I keep getting stuck at chapters 3-5. These are pretty mind-blowing chapters that teach us so much more than I can even wrap my head around about what God does and what we do.
These chapters say things like this:
God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness.
God sets right all who welcome his action and enter into it.
Abraham entered into what God was doing for him. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.
It was by embracing what God did for him that Abraham was declared fit before God.
This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does.
We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us.
God is the one who does the work. Our job is simply to say yes — to receive and enter into what God’s doing.
I look at my life and see that I may participate in the burnishing and refinement process of my life — the hot fires that make us pliable as he forms us into the image he has always had in mind for who we are — but God is the one doing the actual molding all along. He is the one who conceived of the original image he wanted to create in me from the beginning. He’s the one who went about working with conditions and creating new conditions and then molding and forming me through those conditions into the image he wants in me.
All I have had to do is allow it to happen.
But let’s be truthful: this “allowing it to happen” isn’t always easy.
It pushes against what we’ve learned so far in life and how we normally operate. It can bring us face to face with pieces of ourselves that aren’t so pretty, and we’d much rather look away or brush them under the couch or push them into a corner closet and then close and lock the door. We may be scared to death of what God’s doing or wants to do because we can’t see the outcome, because it means relinquishing control, and because we’re not (yet) so sure he’s worth trusting with the reins of our lives.
But this, too, is something true: God’s original image of you is brilliant. Glorious. Beautiful. Perfect.
It may take hot fires and great discomfort and courage to live into that original image, but nothing else on earth compares to the result.
Where in your life is God inviting you to say “yes” to his touch right now?