Life is hard, and you know that, but some days you wish you could just trade your tired skin for some of that shiny new, energetic two-year old skin? Maybe that future glorified spirit could just burrow into yours for a day…or two. New heavenly glorified body on loan please? Yea, that one, the one that has no corners of anger or exhaustion, guilt or anxiety. “Can I feel it just for one day Lord?”
Man, it will be great to slip into that new body in glory. But in the meantime, in this sin-infested, curse-filled earth where we tromp our weary selves, what do we do? How do we make it through without giving up?
I think perspective has a ton to do with perseverance.
On the days that I am just done, wilted, I remember that my identity is not in my ability to stay energized, or have the house all clean, get all my work done, or have the kiddos neatly dressed with bows in. My identity, my worth and value, is in the One who sees me as perfect for all of eternity.
Read that again. Grasp it. Breathe it in. You who know Jesus, the Word made flesh, you are perfect for all of eternity (Hebrews 10:14), now you are walking it out in faith and a willing obedience (as opposed to a striving obedience, in which you will fail and/or become legalistic). That voice in your mind thumping you with all the weight of a downpour has no authority over you. God is the only One who has the authority to tell you who you are. I believe that when we give our souls permission to breathe in the truth of the gospel, we will renew our perspectives in such a way that even on the “I-can’t-make-it” days, we will make it.
And we will hope. We will hope and look forward to the day that we no longer must bear the weight of weariness, but will instead dance with unceasing energy and joy. Oh that glorious day!
So for now, we wait, we hope, we believe truth, and we persevere. We throw off the condemning voices and choose to believe this:
“but we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:18,19
You, my friend, are being transformed right now into the perfection that is already yours. Claim it.
By Sarah Mae, author of the bestselling ebook 31 Days to Clean-Having a Martha House the Mary Way and grace-in-the-mess blogger at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee
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