So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you:
Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.
Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Tonight I am grateful for my heart flexibility. I used to be so rigid, things just had to be just so. I could only do what made logical sense to me. My leaps of faith were tiny hops, from steps I could see to steps I could almost reach. However, the Lord has been loosening my heart and taking my stiffed necked opinions and stretching them.
What I am now seeing, and hereto didn’t know, is that God knew that this season of my life would require not only strength but flexibility. Strength to stay focused on Jesus and flexibility to keep my thoughts stretched into faith places. Faith places are God places that require me to trust Him while I can only see Him, not the place, or much of anything else.
The places my heart could only longing look have now become places it can reach. As I was pondering this transformation Romans 12:2 came to my mind. “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…..” Of course, the word “transformed” caught my eye.
Transformed in the Greek is the word metamorphoó. It means to “change after being with.” We get our English word metamorphosis from this word. Here is a video of what is going on in my heart.
It is the perfect word for what is happening in my heart. The more time I spend with the Lord and His Word, the more I am changed. Remember those hops of faith I told you about? Those have become leaps of Olympic proportions (at least to my faith challenged heart.) These last two years of life, the Holy Spirit has diligently trained me. Now that my time is here, the challenge is before me, I have the strength to run this race but I also have the flexibility to leap over the hurdles. I am running hard. It is taking all that I am……that is, all that God is, being that His covenant name is “I AM that I AM (Exodus 3:14).
I have set the Lord before me because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved ( Psalms 16:7). Not even when my eyes tell me it won’t work, not even when my emotions are staging riots in my heart, not even when thoughts are faster than the Indy 500, I will not be moved from obeying what He has called me to. Yet, I am greatly moved by His Spirit as I step out into this new place of faith. I do so with His strength and His flexibility that He has prepared for me, and in me. Just as Peter stepped out of the boat on the waves to walk to Jesus, I too, can walk on these waves.
I leave you with this song, which has greatly encouraged me in this process. No matter where you are in your own transformation process may your heart be encouraged. May you trust God beyond your borders, beyond your beliefs of your strengths and weaknesses. May you step out and go where He calls you. You can do it!