Let's say we’re going to dream a bit and try to imagine who God wants us to be in 2013. (We’re going to go to school on the prophetic imagination of Zechariah).
“On that day there will be on the jingles of the horses; HOLY TO THE LORD, and the pots in the houses of the LORD will be like the basins before the altar. And every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to the LORD, and all the sacrificers will come and take from them. And there will no longer be any Canaanite in the house of the LORD of armies on that day.”
The prophet Zechariah 14:20-21, trans Dr. Al Wolters
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.”
Romans 12:1-3, The Message