Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The World of Flesh or Desire for Christ 5

Now, In Christ I am part of the Church and “we” (in Jesus) are all a part of Christ’s body, and we have been chosen, because of the amazing grace of God, to shine as lights in the darkness of this world, and to be bearers of fruit for His kingdom. John 15:16. We are called, though love and by love, to actively transfigure our lives and the lives of our community for the glory of Jesus Christ, by the power of Jesus Christ, and to grow in our love for God, each other, and the world. Being fully aware that, in and of myself, I am incapable of these things, I must also be fully aware, through faith, that it is Christ in us that is my hope for glory. There is most assuredly victory in Jesus. I must grasp the truth that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1.” Then, as a follower of Jesus, assured through faith that the afore mentioned statement of transfiguration is not only a “hopeful” goal to strive for, but one that will be accomplished as I strive to serve Him. This needn’t take years to put in to motion, but it is a goal that is already in action, and will transform our lives and communities as soon as we step up and claim it in victory through Jesus.

When reading God’s word we see Him bestow miracles and gifts upon His people. “Who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured not accepting their release, in order that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated(men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains, and caves holes in the ground. Hebrews 11:33-38.” This is written to encourage us to live in faith and victory, despite worldly consequences, while fixing our eyes fully and wholly on Jesus. We are called to lay aside every encumbrance and the sin that entangles and to run the race set before us(read Hebrews 12). If Christians were “afraid” of worldliness as much as they are “afraid” of holiness, they would set the world on fire for Christ. Then the question to ask oneself(usually over and over again)is, are we living our lives humbly devoted to Christ Jesus or to the flesh(our old sinful nature)?

Note:To be continued

4 comments:

Poofered said...

Is this series gonna be as long as Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHayes apocalyptic marathon? I'm already exhausted.

gospeloflove said...

Yeah, It just goes on and on...not really, there is just one left and it's out today. Sorry if the series has been too long.

Yogger said...

Good thoughts John.

god's grace said...

you know... I know God desires so much more of me than I have given so far... But it's so easy to say, "but look how much more of my life I have given you than Dingus and Thingy...You love them too, why not ask stuff of them for a while and leave me where I'm at, I've just got comfortable with where we're at in this relationship and we have eternity, so come on really..."
Easy, but immediately I feel convicted. Why can't I commit? Why don't I want to give the only Person that has really loved me, knowing me, and forgiving me, and loving me - my love, my devotion, my life, to lead as He wants to. Why can't I trust Him if he's never given me a reason to not? It's because it separates me, It means being consecrated, set apart... possibly friendless because not many people, not many christians, want to hang out with people who have really devoted there lives... They may respect them, they may want to be with them, but they don't want to spend time that may involve their also changing.... I know, I've had those thoughts... and at times where I know my relationship with God really was in the right place, I've also had those comments, those people falling away... And so out of the selfishness of my heart I hold back on the One who loves me. Yes, I know I'm stupid... so maybe can I follow your example as you follow the example of Christ??