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The Way Of The World

My child, listen carefully and heed My words. Do not go the way of the world or take the path of the fool. You are destined for a higher calling. Your path has been planned out by Me. Before the foundation of the world I set up your destiny and calling. Walk in My way for you. Do not choose your own. Do not be distracted or detoured. Keep your eyes focused on Me. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. Stay focused. I will keep you from stumbling. I will make your way clear. Your destiny awaits My child. Take My hand. I will lead you up mountains and through valleys. Let Me lead you to the place I have for you.

John 14:6

What Did Happen?

The reality of our state of affairs as believers poses a difficult yet valid question: “If I have truly died to sin, why do I still feel so alive to it?” This really is mysterious. But don’t think you’re the only one who feels this way; it’s not an uncommon problem by any stretch of the imagination.

Ask yourself a different question: “just what did happen to me when I became that new creature in Christ? What’s this life all about?” The answer to this question lies in the fact that it’s not about what we do or don’t do. Rather, it’s about who Jesus Christ is and what He has done.

No, this doesn’t relieve us of all personal responsibility. Of course not: “How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:1-2) But it does mean that the foundation for our relationship with God has been laid by Him alone, not by anything we can do in and of ourselves. “Oh, I believe that,” you might say—but do you really? Do you really believe that your union with God isn’t actually somehow rooted in trying to be good?

We Are Accepted

What if we—in spite of our weaknesses—were to boldly move forward in our relationship with God? Would Jesus meet us halfway? I’m not talking about the Lord letting us slide through life stunted, a mere shell of what we are intended to be. What I mean is that there is a willingness on God’s part to work with us, not abandoning us just because our heart isn’t yet all it should be. Gracious terms? I’ll say! 

The opportunity is always there for God’s Spirit to entrench itself all the more forcefully. It’s His gift to us. And consequently the transformation we so desperately need has the chance to take root all the deeper and just that much sooner.

Acceptance. It’s the very foundation of God’s redeeming power. Without it transformation is impossible. From glory to glory, you ask? Yes, we are to be changed into the very image of Jesus Himself! It’s what our life in Christ is all about.