CRAFTED AND FORMED
In James 1:2 we are encouraged to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you It’s a beautiful moment when we find out we have each been crafted and formed in detail by our heavenly Father. Your personality, the way you think and feel and see. Your giftings and unique quirks, all beautifully woven together into little cells that make up you! The wonderful Creator has truly created and formed each of us uniquely. Facets of His beauty and wonder are displayed in each of us. Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.
But the truth about God’s creation is that although we were formed in such detail in our mothers’ wombs (see Psalm 139:13), we are constantly being re-formed by Him. As we yield ourselves to the transformative Holy Spirit and receive new life by the blood of Christ, we become renewed day by day. His nature is revealed to us and therefore more of our true intended nature is able to be set into full flight by the freedom found only in Christ! We begin to find new life in Christ and find who we are in Christ — our true God-intended identity is formed and purpose begins to be revealed.
In my personal experience these forming moments aren't the easiest ones — but it is in the moments of deep surrender, when our human will or “sin nature” is essentially broken open and submitted to Christ, that we experience true freedom in Christ and truly discover who we are in Him. In Matthew 16:25, Jesus says, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” As we let go of who we thought we were or who the world has told us we are or categorized us as, and begin to accept our new identity and freedom in Christ (who He originally intended us to be), it can often feel like losing our life, but Jesus’ promise is that as we surrender, we will find true life, true purpose and our true identity.
As we let go of the sin that so easily entangles (Hebrews 12:1) and instead choose Christ, we are formed into His likeness and reflect the image of God to those around us. His beauty begins to shine from the inside out, and we become beacons of light and hope to a broken world, shining the love of Christ to those around us.