and the transformation has just begun! Or if you are like me (nearly 13 passionate years of following Christ) - the transformation is continuing.
Or perhaps you are 50 years following Christ - well, the transformation is still continuing!
Look at what Paul says in Galatians... (will go to a few verses)
3:26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
4:4-7 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
4:19 my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!
Now, if you take the time to read the small letter in the Bible that Paul wrote to the people of Galatia, you will understand that the people were wavering in their identity... but even so - THEIR ADOPTION WAS SET! Their identity (the reality of who they were in Christ - was set). It didn't matter what they believed about themselves, they were adopted into the family of God by believing in and receiving the gift of God's grace!! The thing which was being contended for was THE REVELATION OF THEIR ADOPTION.
Therefore Paul is passionate about labouring as a pregnant woman in birth pains (prayer, letter writing) for these people to get it! OUCH! Sounds painful and intense! Yet this is the life of those who would assume the great privilege and responsibility of making disciples of Jesus.
A continual transformation needed to take place in the people of Galatia!
And you know what? We need it too!
Two more verses:
Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, bothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
If you have been baptized into the death of Christ, and risen into His life (see Romans 6)... THEN YOUR ADOPTION IS SET!!
You are a child of God!!!!
The war is now over your knowledge of this reality!
Is someone labouring for you... until Christ is formed in you?
Are you labouring for someone?
Are you being transformed today?