I saw Abbey, a former student office-aide, last week. I haven’t seen her since she was in Jr. High, giggling with her office-aide partner, and completely exhausting me. I was always glad when that bell would sound, ending 3rd period, and then the next day, couldn’t wait to hear them giggling again. (Abbey is now a junior in high school. Wow, time flies!) We chat for a bit as she waits. I keep looking at her face. Her features have changed. She’s completely out of the “awkward” stage, and she’s become such a beautiful young lady. I finally say, “Your face is different than when you were in 8th grade. You look so mature, and more like your mom.” She was glad that I noticed she had morphed out of her tweenage face, and replied, “It’s funny how you just…change.”
Just like Abbey declared the swift change in her appearance, we just…[swiftly] change when we decide to follow Christ. We change from a person lost with no hope, to a person found with ALL hope. It’s that simple. We are a new creation, the old has passed away, (II Corinthians 5:17) and we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:2)
And like Abbey grew to look more like her mom, our goal as Christians is to look more like our Heavenly Father. I want others to see Jesus in me. I have to get out of the way so Jesus can be seen in my life. (John 3:30) If you haven’t seen me in a long time, I hope that you would walk away from our conversation with the perception that I am more mature than the last time you saw me. (II Peter 3:18)
Abbey has more growing and maturing in her future, and she is doing it splendidly.
II Corinthians 5:17 ~ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Romans 12:2 ~ Do not be conformed to this world,[a] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[
John 3:30 ~ He must increase, but I must decrease.
II Peter 3:18 ~ But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.