Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Grow up

I mentioned in my last post that I'd written a long email that was eaten by my dog computer clumsy finger pressing the wrong key. Since then I've been thinking so much about the subject of that note, that I finally thought I'd just write it up as a post.
Because, you know, this is what I do.

What I've been thinking about is the idea that even as we're made in the womb complete in the Image of God, we also spend our lives becoming more like Him. It isn't a one-time deal, a set-in-concrete deal. Sure, we're given specific gifts and talents, bents and traits. I'm never going to be 6' tall and Beve is never going to have any but the bluest of eyes (don't talk to me about contact lenses--you know what I mean!). We are what we are. Likewise, I learned to do addition subtraction and even know my multiplication tables (though NOT my 13s, DAD!!!) and with a certain fortitude can even balance the checkbook. But I'll never be a mathematician. An engineer, a rocket scientist. It's just not possible. My head would spin so fast with the effort, it'd come right off my head, I'm not even kidding. And you know what? Because I am who I am, created exactly as I am, I don't have the slightest interest in being any of those things I couldn't possibly be.

That's part of the story. But only part of it.

The other part of the story is that who I am is always, always changing. Or to say it more clearly, His image in me is always changing or becoming more pronounced. At least that's the goal. The point of walking with Him. Some might (and have) disagreed with this. They say, "That's just the way I am," to explain decisions, attitudes, behaviors, etc. But I'm not convinced that such a sentence is or ever should be an option for those of us whose aim is to 'be holy as I am holy.'  Let me see if I can explain this is very human terms. A small child, say a one-year-old, is made in the Image of God. She bears His likeness in and on her. This is a foundational truth. However, what if that child never grew up, if she continued to babble rather than talk, not to read nor learn to tie her shoes, never to use a toilet--not because she couldn't, but because "This is just the way I am." It's a ridiculous notion, isn't it? Of course. But somehow, we get to a certain point in adulthood and think we're finished. We think we are what we are and everyone around us will just have to deal with it.

 This ISN'T, patently ISN'T, what He means by being made in His Image. It doesn't happen all at once at conception but is a life-on-this-earth-long process. And I guess what He wants to tell us, what He inspires Paul to spend a whole lot of ink telling us is to GROW UP. It's just that simple. Grow up in Christ. Just as that child grows and learns and keeps growing, so does a 56-year-old me. And a whatever-age-you-are you.
Yep, that's it.
Grow up.

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