So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. –2 Cor. 3:18 (NLT)
Do circumstances in your life make you feel like processed meat at times? As Christians, from the inception of accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior until the day we go home to be with Him, we undergo a process that makes us more like Him. The process is not discretionary it is mandatory. Many times our processing comes in the form of problems.
When problems arise I have a tendency to search the scriptures to counteract the problems. Christians are supposed to live a victorious life, right? That is true but I think God’s definition of victory is quite different from that of mankind. Despite the fact that God is not the orchestrator of all problems, He does allow them to enter our path. He has the power to use even the most awful encounters in life to fulfill the plan of making us more like Him. As Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, He prayed the perfect prayer as an example of surrendering to the process. He said, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Matt. 26:39 NLT)
One thing to be aware of is that each person is at a different point in the process. We must refrain from imposing our experience or lack thereof on someone else. As Jesus predicted His impending death, Peter attempted to do this as he pulled Jesus aside. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!” “Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” (Matt. 16:22-23 NLT) Ironically enough, Peter was later also crucified.
Lord, help us to use the Word to obtain victory in life but not in a name it and claim it manner whereas taking scripture out of context. Help us to refrain from cursing the “process” that will essentially be used as a key ingredient to make us more like You.