When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, it signifies the beginning of new life in us. New life that is possible because of the precious blood that Jesus shed on the cross at Calvary. New life that enables us to have a new relationship with Him. A relationship that is unlike any other relationship we could possibly form with another.
Our relationship with our Lord is one that is to be continually growing and progressive because it is one that has to change us. Change doesn't come all at one time but happens as we grow in Him and through Him. Our encounters and experiences with Jesus are meant to transform us from what we were before we knew Him to what we are on our way to becoming now that we have met Him. Transformation certainly doesn't happen overnight but happens gradually as we learn to let Jesus do mighty works in our hearts and souls little by little.
"My aim is to know Him, to
experience the power of His
resurrection, to share in His sufferings,
and to be like Him in His death..."
You see, we will be transformed when we "know Him" because that is when our relationship becomes so personal. To walk in intimacy with Christ is to desire to be like Him. To want to obey Him. To strive to do what He would do. It is to seek Him in all things and to want so badly to glorify Him in all we say or do. As we do these things, we will begin to draw closer and closer to Him and our knowledge of Him will deepen. It deepens because we begin to know Him for who He is in our lives and not just who He is in the lives of others. It becomes about who is to us! It becomes about what He has done in us and for us. And that my sweet friends will always transform us!
As our relationship with our sweet Jesus matures, we will begin to see and experience the power of His resurrection. We will begin to see Him in ways that we never did before. He will become so alive in our hearts and our spirits and we will begin to tap into this power in ways that we never imagined. The same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is available to us. It is what is at work in our lives when we are His children. It is what strengthens us and gives us peace and authority. This power is what enables us to be like Him. To know the depth of His love for us. This resurrection power is what transforms us. And it will keep transforming us until He comes to take us home to live with Him forever.
As our lives are being transformed, we will also come under attack by the enemy That is why the same verse that tells us we will know Him and His power also tells us that we will share the fellowship of His sufferings. We will experience persecution, but any suffering that we endure for the cause of Christ will not come without reward. Those attacks of the enemy also serve to transform us. We will grow in our dependence upon Christ. We will be strengthened in our Faith. We will develop a deeper love for Him. We will begin to seek His Word more fervently and seek His Face more desperately and we will grow.
In the end, we will have gained so much more than we have lost. We will be transformed forever unto eternal life with our Almighty and Sovereign God. And we will know Him in every sense of the word.
meets us at the point of our need.
Equips us with courage....
And promises us the
Presence of God.
Seeking Him more each day,