Thursday, July 5, 2012
The word becoming has been interesting to me since my time in the Army. The Uniform Code of Military Justice is the essentially the military standards of law and order. It contains "Articles" or laws which must be adhered to by all members of the uniformed service. While there are hundreds of Articles, the most common (albeit catch all) one is Article 133 "Conduct Unbecoming of an Officer."
Conduct in violation of this article is action or behavior in an official capacity which, in dishonoring or disgracing the person as an officer, seriously compromises the officer’s character as a gentleman or gentle woman (my addition), or action or behavior in an unofficial or private capacity which, in dishonoring or disgracing the officer personally, seriously compromises the person’s standing as an officer.
I am currently reading a book which has truly transformed my devotional time with the Lord. In, "Developing a Secret History with God", Margaret Mearns Bass emphasizes the ideal that God is much more concerned about what you are becoming over what you are doing. This simple truth goes against our human nature and the laws of man which tell us that if are doing the right things and not doing the wrong things we are good to go. But it is in the becoming that we no longer need a listing of good or bad, right or wrong, success or failure.
As we invest time becoming more Christ like we won't need a litany of law and order because our minds will be transformed to a level where certain things won't even enter into the farthest stretches of our imagination. As we make becoming more intimate with our Heavenly Daddy the priority of our lives we will be becoming more loving, more pliable for His use, and more like the One whose image we are made in. When we search for areas in our lives to be becoming better, we replace our selfishness, impatience, and irritability with loving-kindness, patience, long-suffering; we will be becoming a walking breathing vessel exemplifying the fruit of the spirit.
What are you becoming? It is in the daily intentional acts that you will be becoming more like Him. Additionally, a lack of appropriate action or being a slave to doing will also set you on a path to becoming religious for religious sake and busy rather than impactful. Meditate on 2 Corinthians 4:16 "Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day."