Romans 12:1-2 (The Passion Translationn) says;
Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred,living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.
Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in His eyes.
By definition, becoming is “the process of coming to be something or passing into a state”, it’s a “process of change and growth”, “involving a realization of potentialities”, and “a movement from the lower level of potentiality to a higher level of actuality”.
If there is one thing that has resonated within me, is that, becoming is a process. Without going through a process, we cannot truly grow in our character and we cannot get to where God desires us to be. There is potential built inside each of us, in which God Himself uniquely thought up and imprinted in us. However, we do not arrive to our calling by potential alone. In order to realize our potential, we must first believe that we do have potential. Jeremiah 1:5 (Message) says;
“Before I shaped you in the womb,
I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day,
I had holy plans for you:
A prophet to the nations—
that’s what I had in mind for you.”
We must believe in The One who fashioned us into being. Believing is a choice. We must hands down (despite how things look like and/or how we feel) choose to take hold of what God says about us and the good intentions He has for our lives. Believing is the first step in becoming. The moment we begin to realize and declare God’s good plan for us is when we begin to uncover who we actually are. He formed us, which means that we were wired by His image (Genesis 1:27). All of His thoughts and ways become part of us, when we choose to surrender our lives to Him.
The world around us has a way of influencing us whether we choose it or not. We’ve become so comfortable and accustomed to the culture around us that we forget that we have a name of our own. We’ve settled for the ordinary, that we forget that God has called us to a higher standard, a new way of living. Why settle for much less than what God has for us, when all of His plans are good? (Romans 8:28)
In Him I have come to understand my existence. Deliberately choosing His Word over my own has enabled me to take risks. Those risks have opened doors of opportunity to learn more about God and who He has called me to be. In order to begin the process of becoming, we must first believe and declare who God says we are, not what culture says we are. We need to realize that God is not here to shame us.
He is not a God who points His finger at us or takes revenge on us, like most believe He does. No, He is a Father who extends His arms wide open in hopes that we would run to Him every time. I can tell you plenty of times when I have made mistakes. However, there was particular moment that I truly felt there was no turning back. In that moment, God stepped in and said that mess-ups do not tell us who we are; it’s what we do with them that will determine who we are.
God is love and “love keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5). God does not remind us of the mess-ups, He reminds us of who we are in Him and the ability we have to become more like Him. He is full of mercy and grace and ready to take us in every time. My beloved friend, do not use His grace as an excuse to repeat bad choices. Be careful not to fall into your own trap and do not allow the enemy shame you if you do make mistakes. Instead let us use God’s grace to learn, grow and become better than we were before, in our thoughts, words, and actions.
Always becoming is a life-long process and rests on God’s ability not our own. As we choose to partner with God, He begins to reveal those things that are unhidden. He begins to search our hearts and remove those things that were never meant to be there in the first place. He begins to develop His Godly character in us. Honestly, it is going to require much of us.
There will be times when we are going to have to acknowledge when we have wronged others and apologize, and other times, it will require for us to forgive others even when we don’t feel like it. Forgiveness is not a feeling, it’s a choice and only God’s love can help you get through it. I also learned that forgiveness stops us from becoming; from moving forward into all God has planned for us. You can read my blog titled “ A Good Name, A Good Life ” to find out more about what I have learned about forgiveness.
Always becoming is about becoming more like Him and arriving to who God says we are, not what the culture says we are. Dear friend, step out even if you are afraid, take risks in faith and you will see the glory that will come when you choose over and over again to partner with the God of the becoming.
-Denise M. Vasquez