I know I have mentioned this book before - it's really, really good!!
In speaking of our true identity in Christ John Lynch says this,
"Nature provides many examples of this incredible discrepancy between who we appear to be and who we truly are. Consider the caterpillar. If we brought a caterpillar to a biologist and asked him to analyze it and describe its DNA, he would tell us, "I know this looks like a caterpillar to you, but scientifically, according to every test, including DNA, this is fully and completely a butterfly." Wow! God has wired into a creature that looks nothing like a butterfly, a perfectly complete butterfly "Identity." And because the caterpillar is a butterfly in essence, it will one day display the behavior and attributes of a butterfly. The caterpillar matures into what is already true about it....So it is with us. God has given us the DNA of godliness. We are saints. Righteous. Nothing we do will make us more righteous than we already are. Nothing we do will alter this reality. God knows our DNA, He knows that we are "Christ in me." And now he is asking us to join him in what he knows is true!"
I am becoming what is already true of me. Please hear me, I am becoming, I am far, far from there, but becoming. God is changing my heart, my motives, my actions. Usually in that order. Does that mean that I should not do what I know God asks of me or I know to be true if I don't "feel" it?? No, there is a place for obedience, and many times we don't always "feel" like doing the right thing. But I want more than obeying for the sake of obeying. I know God is changing my desires into his desires.
Changing me into what I already am.
Changing me as I abide in him, allowing him to do the work in my heart.