“for mere improvement is not redemption, though redemption always improves people even here and now and will, in the end, improve them to a degree we cannot yet imagine. God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man. It is not like teaching a horse to jump better and better but like turning a horse into a winged creature. Of course, once it has got its wings, it will soar over fences which would never have been jumped and thus beat the natural horse at its own game. But there may be a period, while the wings are just beginning to grow, when it cannot do so: and at that stage the lumps on the shoulders- no one could tell by looking at them that they are going to be wings- may even give it an awkward appearance.” – Mere Christianity, Chapter 10, C.S Lewis
Christians are not simply tweaked for moral perfection, they have been made new creations, born again, and will be transformed into a more glorious man at the resurrection. It is a good reminder that sanctification, the process of becoming more like Christ, is a slow process, as slow as growing wings on a once ordinary horse. God is patient, though, and powerful. We are reminded that “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ,” (Phil. 1:6). And, “we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality,” (1 Corinthians 15:51-53). It is most helpful, for me, to remember in the struggle against sin daily that God is working mightily within me, and the sin that clings so closely now will, on that day, be cast off, and i will be utterly transformed. Sanctification is slow, awkward, and a fight, but i look forward nonetheless.
“He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it,” – 1 Thessalonians 4:24