We are not perfect and are unlikely to reach perfection while on earth. That being said, when we become children of God, we are being transformed into the image and likeness of God. We don’t always relish the idea of change and many modern philosophies encourage us to be our ‘true selves.’ There is deposited within each of us a unique set of traits to be used to fulfil our purpose and destiny. We also have faults and failures that God will strip away from us to make us into who he created us to be. It is our relationship with God, while beholding his glory, which transforms us into his image and likeness.
Change can be a very painful process and our old selves want to remain the way we are because it seems easier. There are seasons when we reach a crossroads and it is either we change or we will stagnate. There are some habits, hang ups and old ways of thinking and living that requires change for us to transition into a new season. There maybe old relationship patterns, career lifestyles for example that makes us unwell and cause us to remain stuck at the same level year after year.
Many times we ask God for more and we ask that he takes us into a new season and new dimensions. We also ask God for increase in blessing and favour. God oftentimes requires us to change and be transformed. We cannot take the same mindset into a new level. Having a different life from the one we have now will require us to make different decisions. God created us in his own image (Genesis 1:27). It is sin that distorts us from God’s image. We have to surrender to God’s will and allow him to remove the layers that sin has created to transform us into his image.
There are times when God will pull us away to himself to strip off some old layers. Some layers represent things that we need to change and we have to allow God to complete the work in us. When God starts to show us those areas where we need to change, let us surrender and allow him to transform us into a new person.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).