At some point during this past week, I saw a commercial on TBS for a comedy called Are We There Yet?, which is directed by none other than Ice-Cube. I'm gonna guess it's based on the movie that Cube starred in, also named Are We There Yet?. It's probably a hoot - it stars Terry Crews (no relation that I'm aware of) who is hilarious when he's not busy intimidating people.
Growing up as a fan of rap, though, I recognize that this is NOT the same Ice-Cube from back in the day. His lyrics and lifestyle told the story of a rough and tough young man who was to be feared, not laughed at. And he's not alone. Fellow hardcore rapper Ice-T now plays a police detective on Law &Order: SVU; wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars in a movie where he plays a tooth fairy, etc., etc. These hardcore guys I grew up with have turned soft as they've gotten older. They have changed.
I would dare say we have all changed as we've gotten older, or matured. If you have Christ in your life, though, there's a different type of change. We've not just matured, or adapted our outlook to life's different stages. Christ in us means we are a brand new person. Our lives are changed. Our interests are renewed. Our outlook on life is reinvented.
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 shares with us the following - But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord - who is the Spirit - makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.
So how is your life different? If you are a changed person, where's the fruit, and what does it look like? In your relationship with Him, Are YOU There Yet?