In the ladies bible study I lead we’ve been going through the book The Fitting Room by Kelly Minter. It’s all about Colossians 3:12 and putting on the character of Christ. In one portion of the book the author backs up and spends some time discussing Colossians 3:9 where Paul discusses the importance of “taking off your old self with its practices.”
I love the analogy Kelly uses to describe this process. In Brazil, there is a place known as the Meeting of the Waters. It’s where two rivers, the Negro and the Solimoes, join and then journey side by side before finally coming together and forming the Amazon River. “Because the two rivers originate from different places, flow at different speeds, have different temperatures, density, and colors when they converge they don’t actually mix for over six miles.” Isn’t that cool?
When we make the decision to follow Christ, we come with a lot of extra stuff. And yes, just like these two rivers, we are finally heading in the same direction. However, becoming Christ-like takes time. Being conformed into His image doesn’t happen over night. In fact, as the author correctly points out…it’s a lifelong journey.
I am reminded of a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche which I’ve heard several times in my life. “The essential thing in heaven and earth is…that there should be a long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living.” While I don’t see eye to eye with Nietzsche on many subjects, I think this quote of his is accurate.
A long obedience in the same direction.
One day I will reach the Amazon. What a day that will be!