“For because of our faith, he has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be.” Romans 5:2 (Living Bible, TLB)
This verse in the Living Bible translation points us to a joyful future, a time of becoming who God originally meant us to be. Imagine what might have been if God alone had raised each of us since birth. Who would we be today?
Instead, each of us were shaped by the people, cultures, and environments we were born into.
As vulnerable humans in a blustery world, it is no surprise we gradually morphed from the person God intended. We developed impaired habits. We wore useless grooves into our characters by our own unmitigated behaviors and misguided thinking.
To put it bluntly, we are marred. Bruised. Trampled. Withered.
The good news is, we’re not beyond repair. If we want him to, God will carefully restore us to our starting points. We can have spring all over again. Looking forward, he’ll stay with us through every season of our lives thereafter.
He will personally oversee our steady development to make us overcomers. Victors. Conquerors. Champions.
Though our newborn days passed long ago, God offers to “re-raise” us. If we let him, we can experience the unparalleled privilege of starting anew, confidently and joyfully looking forward to actually becoming all that he has had in mind for us to be.
May this spring be one you savor.