I read in my devotions this morning from Anne Graham Lotz’s book Fixing My Eyes on Jesus. The focus verse was from Romans 8:1-2 – Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
I pondered on that for a moment before reading on. I wondered about my own life and realized that as a person, God created me for a specific purpose, in this particular time and place in the world. However, due to my own preconceived notions of who I should be, along with the preconceived notions of who and what others think I should be, I seem to have added layers upon the original creation of ME.
Have you ever seen those transparent layers that cartoon artists lay over their initial drawing? The artist adds layer upon layer of the character in a slightly different pose on each transparent sheet. When transferred to paper they flip through their “book” of layers and it appears as if the character is moving.
I wondered about the layers of my own character. Do I place a layer of sweet and kind over what may actually be grumpy and unkind? Do I place a layer of patience over a layer of impatience? Do I place a layer of godliness over a layer of ill-will and wickedness? I sure hope and pray I do not. But it all made me more aware of who I am in Christ and what I am supposed to look like – no layers – just the fruit of the Holy Spirit living within me because I’ve accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, a very long time ago.
So, if I have layers I pray they are transparent layers of those fruits of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23
Love Patience Faithfulness
Joy Kindness Gentleness
Peace Goodness Self-Control
I want to be exactly what God created me to be, no more, no less.
Have a blessed Day!