“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29
I think most people are like me. Always trying to be better – a better wife, a better sister, a better mom, a better Christian. But somewhere along the way I find myself dissatisfied with the idea that I have failures.
I am a perfectionist. Perfectionists seek.. well, perfection! I want the perfect hair, the perfect smile, the perfect house, ..kids (we all know if you have kids and a house, perfection will NOT be in the same sentence). Yet we all seek it. Perfection.
But the only one Who is Perfect is our Lord Jesus Christ. So while I may be seeking, and working with everything that is within me to attain perfection, I cannot have it, and I most certainly will never BE perfect.
I can only be transformed. The definition of transform is: make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character of. To convert
Romans 12:2 says, “and be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed..” God has designed us to become transformed. By definition, it tells me that God doesn’t want me to be “better,” He wants me to be completely changed – in form, appearance, and character. I cannot do this in myself for “in me dwelleth no good thing,” the apostle Paul said. (Rom. 7:18a). Christ must convert my heart, first by salvation and daily by regeneration. My flesh continues to sin. I want to do good, but my sin nature cannot find the power to do good. “…for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” (Rom. 17:8b) The best I could ever do with my life is putrid in the eyes of God.
Perfect Me will never exist, Better Me won’t either. But Transforming Me is always there when I yield to the Holy Spirit. God wants me to become the image of His Son. It’s easy to cave in to our flesh, desiring to do better next time when we realize the failure. But that power does not come from us, it comes from above – the source being Jesus Christ and Him alone.
So whether you are striving to be a more patient mom, a more praying grandmother, a more compassionate sister, a more obedient daughter, a more submissive wife.. I pray these moments may help you as we all are Becoming Her – a woman transforming into the image of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.