Information vs. Transformation

I am convinced that we too often confuse information with transformation.

Book Trees knowledge lifeTravel with me back to the Garden of Eden. You are there, walking with God in the cool of the evening and you are talking with God. You start telling God about Him. You have accumulated a lot of information about Him and you want to impress Him with all that you know. You pull out a note book and start through an outline that you have prepared for the occasion on which you have over 100 points of detail about God and things about Him that are important.

He listens for a time, and smiles at your exuberance and also your limited ability to comprehend His full being. Finally, He grows a bit frustrated and bored by your telling of the detail, and says simply, “Would you put that away and shut up?” I am far greater than your comprehension will ever know and far less interested in hear of it than you can imagine. I invited you to be with me, not so you could impress me with your accumulation of knowledge about me, but so we could just be together and love each other. You do not need to impress me, just be with me.”

Now you are frustrated, for you are uncertain as to what that means and how to respond. You fear that you have offended God, and that is not an inconsequential matter. But He is looking at you and smiling. Then He says lovingly, “I just enjoy being with you and loving you.”

So you, express your fear. You tell Him that you do not want to offend Him, and you too enjoy being with Him, but you would like to know what it is that He wants from you. What should you do to impress Him? He chuckles at your human need for approval and then reaches for your hand. He pulls you around to face Him and then takes the other hand also, looking deep into your eyes. Then He says in in a voice so pure and strong, “I have everything I need. I am all sufficient, needing nothing to complete me. You do not need to work to impress me. You need only to enjoy the life I have given you and to express the wonder of the creative genius I have placed in you. You see, while I am your life, you are also the object of my creativity and my purpose. I delight in giving to you and seeing the life I have invested into you, expressed in your being. I am not impressed with your knowing about me, but by your being the expression of my love and life through you. While your being is a delight, it is not an end in itself. You are an expression of my nature and of my glory. I did not call you to be with me to impress me, but to be with me and to simply be the extension of me to creation. You see, you bare my nature and my life. I delight in your releasing that life and in you expressing my creative nature. I am a little concerned that you waste time and energy trying to impress me and trying to be right, when all I want is for you to be real.”

You cannot become what you already are.

The task of being a Christian is not a task at all. It is the natural expression of His life. It is not found in being right, but in being real. It is not anything related to good and evil. All that is covered at Calvary. It is finished, complete, done. Your old man is dead and you are complete in Him. The struggle to measure up to the expectation of God is over. It is now time for you to be what you were created to be, to create in your life the expression of that creative nature invested in you. Put the list away, and just walk with Him and know His love.

There is a phrase that impressed me many years ago now, and it has become my mantra. It is simply – You cannot become what you already are.

Must of Christianity is misguided by a mind-set of frantic religious activity, working to become, accumulating data about God, and contrasting it with the data of others in an effort to see who is right and how well we have defined good from evil. Folly, sheer folly. This is not a race against others, it is a release to be you. It is not a contest of good works or of good behavior or of data accumulation. It is about life and the expression of life in the environment you are placed into.

There needs to be a mind shift from struggling to be right to realizing what you are in Christ. You cannot do more or be more than you are in Him. You cannot repair the old man or dress it in better clothes or decorate it with trinkets and tricks to impress God. You are dead indeed to the old man, you are dead to sin, your are dead to good works, you have passed from death to life, old things have passed away and everything has become new.

  • You are accepted in the beloved.
  • You are hidden with God in Christ.
  • You are adopted into His family.
  • You are sealed by His spirit.
  • You are raised with Him to new life.
  • You are free.
  • You are raised to walk in newness of life.
  • You are no longer the least among men.
  • You are a son.
  • You are the salt of the earth.
  • You are a city set on a hill.
  • You are loved.
  • You are forgiven.
  • You are blessed.
  • You are not your own.
  • You are filled with all the fullness of Him.
  • You are in Him.
  • He is in you.
  • You are called.
  • You are chosen.
  • You are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
  • You are empowered by His spirit.
  • You are born again.
  • You are full of the Spirit and life.
  • You are holy for He is holy.
  • You are the will of God.
  • You are full of the Spirit of wisdom.
  • You have the mind of Christ.
  • You are standing on holy ground.
  • You are a child of God.
  • You are of the light.
  • You are God’s son.
  • You are loved by God.
  • You have passed from death into life.
  • You are not under law.
  • You are under grace.
  • You are not in the flesh but in the spirit.
  • You belong to Christ.
  • You are Abraham’s seed.
  • You are heirs according to promise.
  • You are children of the living God.
  • You are saved.
  • You are sanctified.
  • You are a kingdom of priests.
  • You are seated with Him in heavenly places.
  • You are of the household of faith.
  • You live by the Spirit.
  • You are co-workers in God’s service.
  • You are God’s field.
  • You are God’s building.
  • You are God’s temple.
  • God’s Spirit dwells in you.
  • All things are yours.
  • You are of Christ.
  • You are strong.
  • You are honored.
  • You are to judge the world.
  • Your bodies are members of Christ himself.
  • You bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.
  • You are holy for He is holy.
  • You are a letter from Christ.
  • You are Christ’s ambassadors.
  • You are reconciled to God.
  • You are wise.
  • You have the mind of Christ.
  • You are all children of God.
  • You are all one in Christ Jesus.
  • You are all children of God through faith.
  • You are His sons.
  • You are no longer a slave.
  • You are God’s child.
  • You are also an heir.
  • You are known by God.
  • You are children of promise.
  • You are led by the Spirit.
  • You are no longer foreigners and strangers.
  • You are fellow citizens with God’s people.
  • You are members of His household.
  • You are God’s holy people.
  • Now you are light.
  • You are mature.
  • Your name is in the book of life.
  • You are pleasing to God.
  • You are not in the darkness.
  • You are children of light.
  • You are children of the day.
  • You are a kingdom of priests.
  • Your name is written in heaven.
  • You are a chosen people.
  • You are a royal priesthood.
  • You are a holy nation.
  • You are God’s special people.
  • You are God’s special possession.
  • You are called out of darkness.
  • You are called into His wonderful light.
  • You are the people of God.
  • You have received mercy.
  • You have been saved by grace, through faith.
  • The Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
  • You know the Father.
  • You are strong.
  • The word of God lives in you.
  • You have overcome the evil one.
  • You are from God.
  • You are greater than the one who is in this world.
  • You are worthy.

If the declaration of God toward you is all this, then you are not what you think you are. You are what He says you are. You cannot become what you already are.

We need to lift our vision to see what God sees, for it is in this vision from God’s perspective that we are lifted into life. The realization of transformation determines destiny. Stop struggling and start living in the freedom of His life in you.

There is nothing you can do to improve on what He has done. You cannot become what you already are.

Pastor Dave