For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. . .

Romans 8:29 & 30

Let me ask again: Am I like the wizard of Oz that stands behind a curtain, with a projector displaying a powerful entity upon the wall, as if that were him? Is the person that I am within, the person I display to the world? If I project a righteous image, is that truly who I am within? Mark reports Y’shuaJesus commenting on things that come from within us.

And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Mark 7:18-23

There is the rub, then. It is not “IF” we have within us something that when it comes out defiles our image, our identity. We have seeds of corruption sown within our hearts. If we are to be fully honest, fully real people, from time to time we are going to show some of those defiling qualities. We can only and always, until we meet the Lord in the air, be mere sinners saved by the grace of a loving Heavenly Father through His Son, our Messiah, Y’shuaJesus.

In our desire to be authentic, we must still struggle with not acting upon inner, defiling, thoughts. We walk the edge of a razor, dance upon the edge of a cliff. We must at all cost persevere to be conformed into the image of Messiah. It is a process. Our salvation is immediately bestowed upon us at the time of our coming to accept Y’shuaJesus as Messiah, as Lord of our lives. And from this point forward we are being conformed into the Lord’s image—the image for which we were intended.

Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .