Understanding God's Process | How to Develop in Your Calling | Christine Caine
Oh, we want to market ourselves and be discovered, but God doesn't need to discover us; He created us. We're already known to Him. Instead of seeking discovery, God calls us to be formed and transformed into His image.
In today's instant, snap-and-upload generation, where over 400 million pictures flood social media daily, there's a danger of assuming everything is instant. From restaurant bookings to communication, we expect everything online and instant.
Relationships can even break over a delayed text response. Reflecting on the past, we marvel at the once-radical invention of cameras and 35mm film, a process requiring time, patience, and waiting for images to be forged in a dark room. The contrast between then and now serves as a reminder that some things, like character and purpose, can't be rushed or instantly uploaded.
In a world obsessed with instant gratification, the analog era's process of waiting and allowing an image to be developed speaks volumes. Similarly, our spiritual journeys, purpose, and character require time and divine processing.
The comparison between the rapid uploads of today and the deliberate waiting of the past is a profound reminder that true formation and transformation take time – a concept often lost in our instantaneous culture.
As we navigate this fast-paced digital age, let us not forget the value of patience, perseverance, and the intricate craftsmanship that goes into forging a meaningful and purposeful life.
In our generation, many of us are misled into thinking our purpose and destiny, our pursuit of Christ, is a quick journey like a snap and upload on Instagram. However, God doesn't develop our lives that way; it's more like a roll of film.
God saves us, and then we go through a series of processes where the image of God is forged inside us. God ensures that this image is formed within us before propelling us into the world to fulfill His calling.
Some of us get frustrated and walk away because we don't want to go through the process. We open the door, exposing ourselves to a light greater than the light within us, leading to destruction. Everything we do today comes from being submitted to God's process, allowing His character to be forged within us.
Instagram and Facebook may make it seem like success is a snap and upload, but God doesn't work that way. He develops us through a process, as shown in Scripture.
Many want to be discovered, marketed, and recognized, but God doesn't need to discover us; He created us. Instead of trying to be discovered, we should let God develop and transform us into His image, fulfilling our purpose and destiny.
Let's explore the process of development in the life of a young man, as seen in 1 Samuel 16, where Samuel is sent to anoint the future king among Jesse's sons.
Christine Caine is an Australian-born author, speaker, and activist who is passionate about sharing the message of Jesus Christ and empowering people to live their lives to the fullest potential. She was born on September 23, 1966, in Sydney, Australia.