be·com·ing [bih-kuhm-ing]

(As defined at dictionary.com)

adjective

1. that suits or gives a pleasing effect or attractive appearance, as to a person or thing: a becoming dress; a becoming hairdo.

(Herein I will be using this word poetically, not always in a grammatically correct way, so please excuse me. But this word speaks beauty to me, and beauty is inherently poetic).

What gives you an attractive appearance? Paul reminds us in Romans 10:15 “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Are you one of those who bring to others the good news of Jesus? Then you are a becoming person. But this English word is used in other ways too:

2. suitable; appropriate; proper: a becoming sentiment.

Malachi 3:18 tells us: And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. Since we are chosen by God and have ourselves chosen Jesus as our Lord, we are appropriate and suitable to God and his purposes.

Except that we are not always appropriate and proper in our behavior. So are we really becoming? Let’s look at the next definition given

noun

3. any process of change.

Then we are changing, we are becoming something else, being transformed. But is changing always attractive? No, when the prince becomes a toad, or when Adam choses to sin, those transformations are ugly. But since Jesus died to rescue us from our sin, when we take hold of Him, then we move on, we change, but more like the final definition given:

4. Aristotelianism. any change involving realization of potentialities, as a movement from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality.

So through our faith in Jesus, the Savior, we are changing for the better. We are moving from frog to prince, from ugly to beautiful. But note that this is an active and ongoing process: daily we become more attractive. The great thing about this kind of beauty is that it is impossible to get tired of it. One can begin to take for granted a mere unchanging loveliness; but if the beauty is ever increasing, then becoming is becoming! The transformation is the attraction.

Paul puts it this way in second Corinthians 3:18: And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Ever-increasing glory! Becoming. As we are becoming more like Christ, we are beautiful. Our beauty and suitability to God are not dependent on who we are at any given point in time, but instead on the fact that we are still changing, still beuatifying, still becoming. Let us throw away the notion that we will at some point become as becoming as possible: God is infinite, Christ is infinite, and if his beauty is infinite than we can look forward to an eternity of becoming more becoming!

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