Life is full of transitions. I am constantly reminded of this truth. I am reminded of transitions with my two young boys, 4 and 2 years of age. I look at my 4 year old and remember as if it was yesterday that I was feeding him a bottle or rocking him to sleep at night or hunting for that ever elusive pacifier. I have most recently been reminded of this truth with my 2 year old beginning the process of potty training. This process and transition called potty training is…well we will call it “interesting”. It has gone far better than I anticipated, yet we have still had several “clean up on aisle 3” situations. It is hard to believe that for the last 4 1/2 years we have had diapers of various sizes in the Hudson household, yet in the not to distant future we will be diaper free. As I imagine being diaper free and the reduction of an expenditure I have been wondering what I can do with that money. Unfortunately, my wife has been quick to tell me she already has her ideas of what to do with that money. I am left with the old adage, “Happy wife, happy life.” Life is truly full of transitions. One page in the book of life leads to another page and one chapter leads to another.
As I have thought about transitions I have also been thinking of transitions in life when it comes to our spiritual life. The reality is we are suppose to grow and mature in our faith journey. With this growth and maturity comes transitions. Transitions in our attitudes, transitions in our actions, transitions in our decisions, and transitions in our lifestyle.
The Bible tells us in Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (NASB, emphasis mine).” We are to be transformed from one thing to another thing. More specifically we are to be transformed from who we were before we believed in Jesus, to our new identity in Christ.
The Bible also tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:17-18, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit (NASB, emphasis mine).”
Here is the reality, sometimes these transitions can be easy and sometimes these transitions can be difficult. Sometimes these transitions are comfortable and sometimes these transitions push us out of our comfort zones. While, we may or may not like these transitions they are essential to us progressing in our faith journey with Jesus.
My friends, in this journey of faith, we are to make these transitions toward becoming more and more Christlike. Further, these transitions will be progressive throughout our life. You may hear some call this ‘progressive sanctification’, this is a big word for becoming more like Christ. Sometimes we will make these transitions toward Christlikeness easily and sometimes we will make these transitions toward Christlikeness with consistent and constant stumbles and falls. There is no secret sauce in making these transitions, but if there is a secret sauce, here it is: keep walking; put Jesus in the rightful place in your life, the throne of your heart; when you stumble and fall get back up, even when you feel like giving up; and get plugged into a church and a small group where you can be encouraged, loved on, held accountable, and where you can serve others.
Here are my questions for you:
1- What spiritual transitions are you going through now? How is the Lord trying to mold and shape you in this spiritual transition?
2- What areas in your life are you resisting transitions? Why are you resisting transitions in these areas?