Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Becoming Human through Christ

From a recent mediation (9/30/2011) for my church family in the Pastor Post:

The Big Idea of last week’s sermon was simply this: Humanity, as male and female, are created to worship God. This concept is picked up a bit in Margery Williams classic children’s book, The Velveteen Rabbit. A book that chronicles the journey of one stuffed, toy rabbit who becomes a real, heart-thumping and leg-jumping hare. It’s about being real, having a true identity…and may I suggest becoming fully human. The Velveteen Rabbit’s journey is like our own, a journey from being confused, broken and distorted humans into those who are meant to reflect Jesus Christ in our lives. The process is slow; the process if painful, but slowly as we believe in Jesus Christ and learn to walk in relationship with Him we become what we were meant to be all along: humans created to know, love, and serve God. Let me share with you one paragraph from this great book:
    The Velveteen Rabbit turned to the old wise experienced Skin Horse in the nursery, and asked ‘What is real? Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stickout-handle?’ The Skin Horse replied: “Real isn’t how you are made. It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child really loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real. ‘Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit. ‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘Does it happen all at once, or bit by by?” ‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse, ‘You become. It takes a long time…Generally, by the time you are Real most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out, and you get very shabby..but once you are Real you cannot become unreal again. It lasts always.
   God uses all of the ups-and-downs of life to make us who we are meant to be. Every wound has a purpose; every trial a plan. God works good for His children that they might be conformed to the image of His Son. We can rest in God’s transforming love.

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