I am feeling rather annoyed about how slowly God seems to be moving these days.
“Sanctification” is one of those fancy terms for the change Christians allegedly undergo over time, the process by which God helps them turn from sin (also known as repentance) and turn to him (a.k.a. consecration). It’s the same thing as spiritual formation.
The point of this process is that Christians should become better over time. They should start to think more and act more like Christ. Their souls should turn from loving the things of this world to living as if this world isn’t so important. And they should fall more in love with God.
So, here’s what bugs me: Why does it take so long???
Jesus paid for sins in an instant on the cross, enduring innumerable eternities of hell in a moment.
If God could take care of sin in a day, why does it take so danged long for Him to work in me to get rid of one bad habit, or one stinky motive, or one bitter attitude?
I am sad to say that after a near lifetime, I may never change in many many ways.
This inquring mind wants to know: Why not?
God spoke the universe into existence. So, why does He take so long to change me? I mean, He has the power to do it a heck of a lot faster.
I don’t know why.
But it irritates me.
Especially when I’m waiting for someone else to change.
Well, I’ll file it under “all things that come to pass, He does for His own glory.” (my paraphrase of answer to question 7 of the Westminster shorter catechism)
And, besides, I really will change in an instant… one day. As the apostles said:
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 1 Corinthians 15: 51-52
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2
…we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
Dear Lord: Thank you that one day, you will change me in an instant, getting rid of all the yuck. Yea! It will happen when I see your face. Maybe if I gaze more often at your beauty now, I can speed up the process here on earth. In any case, help me to be patient with your timing. I know it’s for my good even if I don’t like it. And it’s for Your glory. Oh, if you don’t mind, could you hasten the process in the lives of some of my friends? You know who I am talking about. Thanks. Amen.