Are you a Christmas Baker; Gingerbread houses and cookies galore? Or, perhaps you have a favorite recipe that you make each year. As a baker, you can have all of the ingredients before you to make the perfect recipe but until each ingredient is properly chosen and weighed or measured, they remain just a set of ingredients, nothing more.
God has provided all we need to be his perfect creation but it is up to us to add each ingredient to complete a life worthy of our calling. We can begin with the first ingredient of faith which is invisible to the naked eye and the last is love. We need to follow His recipe which includes the ingredients of (moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love). Isn’t it marvelous to know that God is not selfish but shares his recipes with us that we may not be conformed to this world but transformed by the renewing of our minds? In addition, God’s recipes are labeled with His precious and magnificent promises which are needed in order to make us his perfect creation of godliness. With each ingredient added we are being renewed in our mind until we are perfected in holiness.
Take a moment and open God’s recipe book. His recipes filled with magnificent and precious promises/ingredients that are needed to fulfill his kingdom and his church.
Continuing on our journey to the cross we stop today on top of a mountain and learn a valuable lesson in transforming power. In this account, the scribe Mark records Peter’s recollection of this amazing story of Jesus’ Transfiguration.
Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James and John and is supernaturally metamorphosed from his humanity to his divinity thus giving them and us a picture of our heavenly reflections that we will one day receive. 1Co 15:52 in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
Until then we live in our humanness as Jesus did and yet, once we receive the indwelling Holy Spirit we should also be in the process of being transformed from the inside out that the world may see a new “us.” 2Co 3:18 And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Before this process can begin we must repent of our sins and turn from our sinful ways to He who has the power to change us from the inside out and then live in this way: Rom 12:2 Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
Beloved, how does the world see each of us …as we “were” or as we “are becoming?”