As the years go by, the three elements that comprise our being are changed. Our bodies become infirm and are less reliable. Our souls, if we are fortunate, become wise and enduring. And, our spirits, being renewed day by day by the Spirit of God, hopefully become fit for eternity. This is the order and progression of our current state of being in this limited space-time continuum.
I believe it is important to understand that I am a spirit, I have a soul, and I live in a body. This knowledge is key to keeping things in perspective. First, I am a spiritual being, and consequently my ultimate destination is to be in a spiritual realm. As a believer, I know my home is in heaven, and I am passing through this life at the behest of my God and for His good pleasure. Second, having had my soul redeemed as part of the advancement of His kingdom, I now attend to my part in this relationship with Jesus, which is to abide in Him and adjust my living according to His word. Finally, the body I live in is my temporary home, which will one day be changed into something else. As John so aptly says in 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (NKJV)
In these days of turmoil and chaotic distractions, I am more and more aware that I must change. I must adjust, because God does not. He is unchanging, and with Him “there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17 NKJV) It is imperative that I attend to His word in meditation and allow it to renew my mind, praying through every circumstance and all my fears and doubts, so that He is lifted high in my heart and in my mind.
God says in Jeremiah 17:9-10, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” God will search my heart, but if I’m not in conversation with Him, how will I know what He finds there? How will I be able to partner with Him in making adjustments?
I do pray with the psalmist, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties.” (Psalm 139:23 NKJV) And when I do, I am submitting to His Lordship in it. I am agreeing with Him about what He finds there. I am willing to repent and give Him agency in that place. And, I am willing to adjust my thoughts, actions and choices to make room for His kingdom to come…in me.
“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 by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV)
Dearly beloved, as you walk the path before you this week, remember who you are and Whose you are. Give Him room to adjust you, so that you are directly in line of sight of His precious countenance.
Until next week, dear one, live an adjusted life to the glory of the Father.