It's no secret our society is one that searches for instant gratification. We want it, and we want it now. Whether it's a cool drink of water, a hamburger for lunch, or even our coffee in the morning. If it takes more than 5 minutes; it's usually too long.
Unfortunately, we've allowed that same cultural norm to take over the way we see our spiritual transformation in the church. We're so used to taking a pill and the pain going away, we want God to move, and we want Him to move NOW!
But what if transformation is a slow process?
What if the habits and behaviors we've grown accustomed to, take years of work transform from one to another?
I know God can work in an instant.
I've read of miracles where the blind are healed on the spot, water turns into wine, and leprosy is no more. I know He doesn't NEED time, but what if sometimes it's required.
I see teenagers every single day.
Some are ready to choose to live right, and others don't care to.
Then the very next day the tables will turn and the one's who didn't have any interest in Godly things all of the sudden become open, and the one's who chose to live right are closed.
I guess I say all that to just say, don't give up. Transformation takes time. It's a process.
Whether you're on your spiritual journey, or you're helping walk with someone. We all make mistakes. We all feel the pressures of the world squeezing us to do what we do. At any given time we're all trying to figure out life.
So maybe like Paul wrote, " I thank my God every
time I remember you. In
all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in
the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a
good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ
Jesus." (Philippians 1:3-6)
He who began a good work in you is going to continue the process of completion.
He won't give up.
He won't stop.
In fact; the times we feel most abandoned are often the times He's in the middle of doing something miraculous.