As Abi Stumvoll says in this video, this process is the least favorite thing about our life in Christ.
Why does God want process? Why can’t He just fix the problem? Why can’t He just give us the answer? Why all the mystery? Well, I think part of the reason is that process means relationship, and God is all over relationship.
After all, He’s a good Father, not the Godfather.
The discipleship process with God is all about discovery. Here’s the way Abi Stumvoll put it on the clip…
“It’s the process where you’re finding out about the truth of who He is and about the truth of who you are.”
When I shared last time about renewing our mind, I used the Message Bible to show us how culture affects how we see others. It’s also about our response to God…
“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture
that you fit into it without even thinking.
Instead, fix your attention on God.
You’ll be changed from the inside out.
Readily recognize what he wants from you,
and quickly respond to it…” (Rom.12:2a MSG)
The change we’re looking for comes from our response to Him. I heard Paul Manwaring say something profound about this. He said that our response to something is more important than the something. Can I tell you, your response to God is more important than anything you’re going through?
Transformation comes in the discovery of what’s deep inside of us when we allow God to meet us in place of our greatest pain. It’s learning how to trust Him when the way He wants you to go looks like hell and running away feels like heaven.
Renewing your mind is going from where what God says about you seems like a fairytale and your circumstances seem to be truth, to where you’re circumstances no longer define you but what God says is true about you.
Abi shares her story in this short clip about going from a lifetime of suicidal thoughts to complete freedom from those thoughts. What she shares is very practical but it isn’t always easy to commit to. The road to freedom is not a straight point A to point B trajectory. You won’t see the end in the middle of your mess. Nonetheless, it is the path to freedom. It’s the path of knowing Him more deeply and intimately. It’s the path of life lived and loved in the Father’s embrace.
You can’t lose and have everything to gain because no matter what you’re going through He is waiting there for you.
Say yes to the process.