Are you becoming a terrorist or a saint?
Every one of us is being shaped in some fashion. It’s not a matter of if, it’s only a matter of how. Are we moving toward or away from the person we hope to become?
There’s only one way to find out the answer to that question, and that’s by taking a look at what’s growing on the inside of us. What’s happening there will determine who we are really becoming.
The late Dallas Willard explains it this way,
Spiritual formation, (i.e. the process of being shaped) without regard to any specifically religious context or tradition, is the process by which the human spirit or will are given a definite ‘form’ or character. It is a process that happens to everyone. The most despicable as well as the most admirable of persons have had a spiritual formation. Terrorists as well as saints are the outcome of spiritual formation.
Jesus explains it this way.
On several occasions Jesus made the point that what’s happening in a person’s heart—what’s happening in our inner world—is really the most important thing about us. He helps us grasp this critical truth by giving us some simple yet profound analogies.
- “A good tree will produce good fruit, and a bad tree will produce bad fruit.”
- “A good man will bring out good things stored up in him, and a bad man will bring out the bad things stored up in him.”
In essence Jesus is saying that it’s impossible for a weeping willow to produce roses or for the inner life of Adolph Hitler to produce the outer life of Mother Teresa. What’s on the inside defines who we really are and determines who we will eventually become.
Think about it. Sink holes don’t develop overnight and oak trees don’t grow tall and strong in a day. Who you and I will be tomorrow, we are becoming that person today. So what’s happening in our inner world really is the most important thing about us.
So let me ask you again:
- Who are you becoming?
- Are you moving toward or away from the person you want to become?
- Are you becoming a terrorist or a saint?
Only you (and God) know the answer to that question, and the only place you can find the real answer is by taking a look at what’s really happening on the inside of you.
Just in case you are wondering, NO I haven’t obtained perfection nor has anyone submitted my name for sainthood!?!?! But by the grace of God and some really hard work, I am moving toward the person I hope to become.
How about you?
Ken L Roberts