His importance is not our destination but instead our metamorphosis or what we are becoming by following Him. Salvation is not a one time event when we accept Yeshua/Jesus into our lives. It is an ongoing process as Paul so well puts it: Phil 2:12 "Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-- not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence-- continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling . . ."
We are to be continually changing form the old man to the new man like a caterpillar changing slowly into a beautiful butterfly. Col 3:10: "and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator." (NIV)
The first act of God is to change our hearts to a heart of God. Ezek 11:19 "I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh." (NIV)
The next step is rid us of stinking thinking by the renewing of our minds. Rom 8:6: "The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace" (NIV); and Rom 12:2: "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-- his good, pleasing and perfect will." (NIV)
Then we begin to give of ourselves to God. Rom 12:1: "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-- this is your spiritual act of worship." (NIV) We suffer also as we are being disciplined continually to achieve holiness. Heb 12:10: "Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness." (NIV)
Hopefully we can echo Paul's words after his walk by following the Lord. 2 Tim 4:7: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." (NIV)
Our focus should be on what the Lord is making us and not where we are going both here and afterwards. John 17:26: "I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them." (NIV)
Your brother in Messiah, trying to become,