Driving Force

In a few shorts months, we’ll have new neighbors next door. The constant knocking and sounds of heavy machinery are proof of that. Even now, as I type away, there’s demolition and reshaping of the land within feet of our front door…mounds of heavy dirt and boulders building up a boundary next to a new foundation. Amidst the toiling and tending taking place, my mind is set on its own about-face.

A few days ago, I came across this question as I was reading, and I’ve not been able to move past it since.

Am I living in such a way as to allow for deep transformation in my life?

While living is breathing, it’s also a mind that exists and is alert to, persistent, and ongoing in the pursuit of becoming something. Ultimately, this “mindset” will be the posture in which we live and perceive God. Transformation can begin here.

Even so, John Piper explains that for many Christians, change involves behaving differently…maybe changing the to-do list of the flesh to the to-do list of the law. This becomes the alternative that they hope will change their minds and bring transformation.

“Because people are having real, and helpful, spiritual experiences in certain areas of their lives—such as worship, prayer, Bible studies, and fellowship—they mistakenly believe that they are doing fine, even if their relational life and interior world is not in order. This apparent progress then provides a spiritual reason for not doing the hard work of maturing. They are deceived.” [Peter Scazzero]

[reflect]

Like many, my life is buzzing with Christian activity, filled with extraordinary people and experiences that encourage and speak life. These are very real to me. Still, in places beneath, I fear that the progress I’m making is merely an illusion.

My heart grows anxious at the thought of being deceived. I’ve asked myself…what is my true mindset? Do I have a healthy understanding of who God is? Has my will been reconstructed to become more like His?

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well pleasing to God, which is your rational [logical, intelligent act of worship].

And, do not be conformed to this world [with superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove [be able to discern] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [within His plan].”

{Romans 12:1,2 AMP}

As I sit here, continuing to type (dust flying through the air from the overhaul next door)…I feel the urge to be still under the weight of these words.

Day to day, what and why I believe, say, and do, in every responsibility and commitment, has behind it is a driving force…and that’s either going to be about God…or about ME.

“…work for God that is not nourished by a deep interior life with God will eventually be contaminated by other things such as ego, power, needing approval of and from others, and buying into the wrong idea of success. Our sense of worth and validation also shifts, from God’s unconditional love to our works and performances. The Joy of Christ disappears.” [Peter Scazzero]

Pray –

Jesus, in light of our deepest need for you, we thank you for grace today. Let us turn to face you, as Moses did, and may we see you as personally present, a living Spirit that frees us from the pressure of living for ourselves.

“And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit.”

{2 Corinthians 3:18 AMP}

 

Summer Pendley

Hi there 🙂 I'm Summer, daughter of Jesus...saved, restored, & known by Him. I've been married to my love, Jason, for 15 years, and am a happy mommy to a son, Noah, and daughter, Sailer. I love quiet mornings, coffee, listening to music, reading, running, and dreaming 😉 I'm passionate about simple things, and making time to encourage and love others well. The intentionality of Jesus, in pursuing me, hemming me in, gathering the ruins of my life, and lavishing grace over me overwhelms me daily. You'll find me here, in story after story of Him rescuing me, loving me, teaching me, and drawing me into worship. In honesty, I'll share of the emotional and psychological strains of my life & how Jesus continues to reclaim & rebuild, from the inside out. Let me always speak of His faithfulness & goodness...so that you will know that He is good.

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