Oh the process. Oh the waiting. Having the eyes of our heart enlightened to what it is producing releases the sustaining grace on our hearts to endure for the future joy of what is set before us within the waiting and the forming. The joy is coming into more Christ like formation by the Holy Spirit. Why is our joy founded on becoming more like Jesus through the process of lifelong relationship? Because the fullness of life is only experienced in the fullness of His life. You are most joyful when you are most alive. Our joy will be measured by how aware we are of how dead to sin we actually are. All the effects of sin and the wrong thought patterns that came with it steal joy, because they rob us of focus on Jesus and shift the focus onto the buzz kill of self, and all we aren’t and can’t do outside of Him. A wise preacher once said, yes, we have received His love fully by faith in a moment, but it takes a lifetime of experiencing it to be transformed by it. Jesus came to redefine and restore what it meant to be truly and fully human apart from sin. He did not come to expose how wicked men were innately from the beginning, but how desperately wicked, joyless, and hopeless they were apart from being born again in receiving Him rightly. Man was created very good before the fall. He had an untainted, unmarred, full and perfect capacity to relate to God with no blockages or veils. Jesus came to restore Eden in our hearts and that He did effectively, once and for all time. I’m thankful He finished that job, it is a work He has done in giving us a regenerated, fully righteous spirit that cannot be improved upon in the one hundred percent all access it has to God in unceasing 24/7 availability, although our soul and our body surely need work. That is called the sanctification of our souls or the full salvation of our souls, and the future and full glorification of our bodies at the Resurrection.
But why does God value this whole process thing so much? We want it cheaply. We want to press a button and get exactly what we asked for, and not in any other package than what we asked. We ask for God to change us and then many times spurn the very package it comes in. haha. God is committed to your growth more than you are and it seems He is way wiser in administrating ways to bring that forth than you could set up. Better to just lean not on your own understanding on this one or something. haha.
You see it in the life of Jesus most clearly, living in obscurity in some tucked away village, seemingly unknown before men and what men deem great and admirable. He was forged in the fires of hidden-ness and non recognition, and He loved His Father perfectly for taking Him in and through this stage of His life. You don’t get the Jesus you see moving in power in the gospels before men, if you didn’t get the Jesus you didn’t see at all thirty years prior before His Father alone. We do not need a public ministry to validate who we are before God, nor is that God’s stamp of approval. We need a secret place ministry that will truly endure into eternity based on God knowing us intimately in that place, and out of that place our knowledge of Him increases. Remember, He will say to many who worked tons of cool, prophetic, and flashy stuff in front of men to depart from Him because He never knew them. He actually will call them workers of iniquity. This is terrifyingly convicting and it is the pure goodness of God to lead us here when we are losing the One Thing needed: loving Jesus Himself in His ways above His works. His works just display what He is like anyway. One of the greatest sins is to refuse to take the time to let Jesus wash our feet in Him getting to know us. A lot times He uses the process of letting our wrong choices play out, we want Him to just rescue us immediately, but He is rescuing us by leading us to the utter end of ourselves, so we see sin for what it really is in depth, and what it really does to our connection with God, and what it really cost Jesus to forever cut it off in us in His body on the tree. Don’t get religious by the word sin here, what I mean is the way it cuts us off from his love in false humility, when the gospel fully reveals all our lovesick Jesus wanted was to know us, even as He is fully known by His Father. We will have no share with Him if we are not willing to embrace this utter humility of allowing Him to do everything for us, even when we sit down at table in the kingdom of God He will be the one putting on the apron to serve us. We better just get use to the fact that Jesus is the greatest of all, because He is the servant and slave of all. That is what makes Him truly great. He could careless about having a platform and looking successful before men. He knows living in this way of lowliness in and before His Father will unlock before men their greatest need and highest joy: for them to decrease, that He might increase, within that process we shrink down to nothing outside of Him, so He truly can be everything within Himself for us. He is such a gentle leader that constantly prefers us in this process, and He will not go faster than you are willing to let Him serve you in this journey of embracing our need to truly be found hidden and abiding in Him alone.