Alignment Series Part 7: God is Committed to the Process
I heard someone say, “You’re trying to go to a place, and God’s trying to build a person.” In other words, you’re trying to make things happen, and God’s trying to make you like Him.
I tend to naturally be a goal-driven, task-oriented person. That natural tendency can play strongly in having a performance mentality with God. I have especially struggled with the mindset that unless I am doing something for God, He is not pleased with me. That’s so far from the truth.
Do you know the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10? Martha was overwhelmed trying to make it all happen, while Mary simply sat at Jesus feet—listening, learning, and leaning into all that He was and all that He had for her. Martha wanted Jesus to make Mary get up and work like she was. I believe what Jesus is saying in that story is: I care more about you being with Me than you doing for Me, because the great things I put in your heart to do will happen as result of abiding in Me.
Sometimes, I get impatient with myself, and want it to happen right now. Sometimes I wonder if God forgot about me, because things aren’t happening as quickly as I hoped. But I have had to learn that God is not in a hurry. Ever. His ways are perfect, and so is His timing.
While we are focused on what is happening around us, God is focused on what is happening in us. We can get our eyes so fixed on the destination that we miss out on what God wants to do in and through us along the way. We are all in the process of becoming, and I want you to remember that you can be patient with yourself in the process.
You do not ever have to fear losing God’s love when the process of transformation gets long and messy. God is committed to you. He is committed to the process. The work He began in you, He will finish. He is the Author and the Finisher of your faith.
Believing with you,
P.S. You can find all the posts in the series HERE.