Each person that has been created on the earth by God was created with the end in mind. With this end being who God always had envisioned to show up on the earth scene at a pre-ordained time in history as an expression of an aspect of God’s glory to His creation here on the earth. Psalm 139: 13-16 says “For you formed my inward parts, You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was formed in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest part of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed. And in your book, they were all written, The days fashioned for me, when as yet there were non of them.”
Life, from the day we are born, therefore becomes a process of unveiling that which God had in mind when He created each of us. What complicates the process is that we are born automatically disconnected from God and who we are called to be in Him by our inherited sin nature. Receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, hence, begins the transformation process by which we learn who it is we are and our God-given identity and purpose on the earth as we begin to learn who God is. Beholding God’s face as we learn His Word, pray, listen to sermons, fellowship with His people and many other avenues by which we are transformed, thus, becomes a mirror that begins to reflect and unveil the image and likeness of God that man was initially created by, process upon process and layer upon layer.
It is said of Christ in Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, Unto us a Son is given…” In his lifetime, though being fully God at birth, The Lord, in His humanity, went through the process of maturity in becoming The Son of God as man. A process that took 30 years to which God The Father fully attested when He said in Mathew 3:17 “…This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” It’s important to note that at this point, Jesus had not yet entered His public ministry and had not yet performed not even one miracle. At this point also, He also had not yet been endowed with The Holy Spirit who empowered His public ministry. What then was God The Father pleased with that caused Him to call Jesus His beloved Son? Bearing in mind Isaiah 9:6 that states that the earth received a child when Jesus was born and was gifted with a Son when Jesus was fully matured (paraphrased). It is the process from being a babe in God (in his humanity) to fully manifesting who He was always called to be, The Son of God, that God was pleased with and that brought Him to the place of being empowered with The Holy Spirit and with fire to begin His public ministry. Which is who God always intended for The Lord Jesus Christ to be; His beloved Son that would re-introduce His kingdom in the earth and reconcile God’s beloved creation, man, back to Him. This being achieved by the continual breaking of the sin nature from men’s lives, as He demonstrated in His ministry life and ultimately, through His death and resurrection.
This process of becoming who He was created to be was a 30-year long process that He successfully manoeuvred from His birth as He grew in wisdom and stature and obtained favor from both God and man. This brought Him from the place of “a child being born to the earth” to “a son being given to the earth”. Hence, with Jesus being the firstborn and called to show us the way, we too are to press into this process of discovering who it is we are created to be and pressing in continously until we have become the person required to attain to the destiny that God always had in mind when He created us from the very beginning.
Coming to the case of Jacob, he went through a process of transformation to become Israel through His interactions with God throughout his lifetime. It was him becoming Israel that manifested the inherent covenant promises of God over His life that came from his grandfather Abraham through his father Isaac. The particular promise of God to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3 was to make Him into a great nation (amongst other promises). This great nation that God had envisioned became the children of Israel. Mind you, these were and are called Israelites and not Jacobites, meaning, though he was born and lived as Jacob to a certain point in his life, Jacob himself had to go through a transformation process that broughg him to full maturity and alignment to the character of God in him that could manifest the promises of God over his life as Israel.
Bringing it home, each of us are called to a very unique destiny and purpose in God, but in order to manifest that purpose and destiny on the earth, we have to fully embrace the process that transforms us from being children born to the earth, to being sons given to the earth by God Himself. This process is unique to each person. There are, however, a few generic themes that can be applicable en masse.
Look out for more weekly nuggets on the unveiling of that process journey as we partner together on the road to becoming all that God has called us to be.
An yes, I am back to weekly blogging, by God’s grace 😇😇😇. Been a 3-year long necessary sabbatical as God journeyed me in this process of BECOMING!
Shalom and have yourself an awesome week ahead! 🙏