Do not conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. –Romans 12:2
Many of us have been programmed to think and see the worst in people, circumstances and ourselves. Professional Fault-Finders; often wired from childhood to think and prepare for the worst. We are also best known as our own personal worst critic. Even in the midst of praise for your attributes and accomplishments you can’t help but to find something wrong.
Then along came Jesus preaching, “Repent!” Change the way you think. What a bold request; a request that goes against every fiber of your natural being. To abandon the way you’re wired and see yourself not as a “Hot Mess” but through Heaven’s lens…Faultless, Forgiven, Perfected and Loved. That’s challenging for some of us.
I suppose Heaven’s view would look like this:
I am not past, my addictions or pain.
I am a New Creation, the old me is dead and gone, the new me is here to stay.
I am not my sins.
I am Forgiven. My sins, (past, present and future) are Nailed To The Cross.
Forgiven and Forgotten.
There is no more condemnation for me. Sin has No Dominion over me anymore.
I am not weak, a victim or a failure.
I am More Than A Conqueror. I can do All Things Through Christ who strengthens me.
I am a Co-heir with Christ, created to do good works. I am Destined to Reign and Succeed.
Enough about who I was, this is who I am: Chosen By God, Justified By Faith, Glorified in Christ and at Peace with God. No longer conformed to the patterns of this world but conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. I am the Righteousness of God in Christ. No longer a Fault Finder but a Faith Seeker. I am light and salt to this Earth. I am the Apple of God’s Eyes, the one whom the Father So Loved. I’m wired in Christ now and as Christ is, So Am I. My Friend that is how Heaven sees you.