“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. ” 1 Corinthians 2:14
I have a friend that had lived a life, before he gave it to Christ, that can best be described as hard and fast. Then Jesus took control and everything changed. So much so that there was one man in town that truly believed that my friend was, in fact, twins. One that was godly and the other that was profane. It never seemed to occur to this man that he had never seen the godly twin until after the profane one had dropped off the face of the earth.
God wants to give every person a compete transformation. And we know that we need to let God take control and make something new of our lives but we never quite surrender to him. The results are comparable to the time I was tailing a table saw and trying to help the person feeding it guide the wood when all I was supposed to do was catch and support it. Instead of a straight cut we were only able to get a wildly wavy one because in addition to having to handle an unwieldy piece of lumber the operator also had to fight my interferences.
We’re continually interfering with what God, through the Holy Spirit is trying to accomplish in our lives. And some uneasiness is understandable. We don’t really understand what God is trying to do. The changes he wants to make are foolishness compared to anything we’ve experienced before. Added to this is the fact that Paul, just a few verses before our focus text, describes God’s plans for us with these words, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9.
We usually use this text to qualify our descriptions of heaven and the new earth but I believe they apply equally to God’s work of recreating us. The truth is, we’re simply unable to visualize the wonder and beauty that God wants to create as he restores his image in us. And this leaves us in the unnatural position of having to choose to let someone else have complete discretion and control of our lives while knowing that he is going to change everything.
Well, I don’t know about you, but my life needs a makeover. So folks, I think it’s high time for us to trust God and let the Holy Spirit transform us into something unnatural.