‘Probing Deeper’ Meditations: 25. Perceptions (4)
Mt 14:29 “Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”
Yesterday we pondered on why God wants to change us and came up with the amazing conclusion that He wants us to be happier today than we were yesterday and happier tomorrow than we are today, and that happiness comes as we become more and more that fulfilled person God has designed us to be – fulfilled in being ‘me’, the unique person full of His love and goodness that He has on His heart.
So, back to perception again. How do we perceive ourselves? Have the words of that previous study and so far in this one got to us, helped us realise the wonder of who we are, the wonder of the process we are in called by different names – redemption, sanctification, glorification – all words about change into someone better, someone happier.
So, I ask again, how do we see ourselves? Not different from the people next door? Or potentially those with new-ability lives? Let’s take the example of the apostle Peter. Peter did something naturally or humanly impossible, he walked on water, just for a few moments at least. Here’s the question: are we open to the possibility of Jesus being able to take us and do in or through us something that is naturally or humanly impossible?
Bringing people to Christ is humanly impossible because it needs a work of the Spirit. Bringing encouragement or wisdom to others without it being ‘self’-inspired is the same. Letting God’s word come alive every day is the same. Pray for and expect greater abilities than you have now, that is what this talk of change is all about.
So let’s be practical, how does that change come about? Well consider the disciples. For three years they traveled with Jesus and watched and listened to him and took in a great deal of teaching. But that didn’t stop them being very human with questions and doubts as Jesus went to the Cross. They witnessed his death, his resurrection and his ascension and it left them feeling lonely so all they could do was cluster together and pray. And then the Spirit came and transformed them. Suddenly they were out from behind locked doors and looking the world full in the face saying, he is alive! Later the apostle Paul caught something when he wrote, “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor 3:18 ESV) Reflecting God’s glory as we live our lives with Him, He changes us. It’s a natural process having once received and been filled with the Spirit, now HE is the main agency changing us – to be happier and happier!