Saying yes to the process

Process_RoadWe like instant answers and straight lines. We want to see the end from the beginning. God likes process and mystery.

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.

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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9 Responses to Saying yes to the process

  1. Pingback: Saying yes to the process | The Power and Presence Ministry

  2. Thanks for sharing this. It is helpful and so relevant to my life at the present moment. \o/

  3. “You won’t see the end in the middle of your mess.” Absolutely, Mel. And thanks for sharing the clip. What a wonderful visual of the desire to walk “the path of life lived and loved in the Father’s embrace.”

  4. I watched this recently and absolutely loved it. It is such a practical and simple way to describe how renewing your mind really happens. It would be nice if our thoughts just automatically changed and we would think more like Christ about our life and who we are but it is a process that takes years of practice and a lifetime to master. Thankfully God is with us every step of the way, not just when we cross the finish line! Thank you for sharing this Mel. Be blessed!

    • Mel Wild says:

      Yes, it would be nice if it was easy, like just watching the video! But I’ve come to find that we learn so much in the process we couldn’t any other way, so God knows what He’s doing. 🙂 Thanks for you comments, Anna. Much appreciated as always. Blessings to you also.

  5. Encouraging, thanks again Mel

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