The great struggle that you and I have as we walk the Christ-life, is that of getting on the same page that God is on. From the moment that we decide to become life-long followers of Jesus Christ, a royal battle is ensued. Before that moment, we were quite content to live life for ourselves. We could say that we were a law unto ourselves.
The moment God decided to move in and become the new sheriff in town, life changed. The Apostle Paul writes, “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” (2 Cor 5:17). As the new owner, God wants to rearrange our list of priorities. In a sense it is a lot like marriage, life completely changes, there is a completely new arrangement of those priorities. Following Jesus is like that.
Before I came to know Christ, it was “carte blanc”! I could watch what I wanted, I could do whatever came to my mind. But, Jesus changed everything. You see, He does not just forgive our sin, even though I am so thankful he does that! He comes to be the Lord of absolutely everything! Think about that…everything!
What does that mean? My thought life, my nasty habits, the words that I speak, my order of priorities, my sex life…in other words, He wants it ALL! And that, my friend, is where our struggle lay.
God is all about transforming your life and mine to become a reflection of His Son. Example “A” would be the Apostle Paul, who as “Saul” was a hater and persecutor of the people of God, the Way, as it was known in the book of Acts. His life was radically changed when he encountered Jesus. He became the most famous missionary in all of the Bible, giving witness to the wonderful grace of God!
How has God changed your life? How is He changing it even today? It is my prayer that His Spirit would be so working in you and in me, that we would be as Paul wrote in Romans 12:1-2, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of you mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (ESV)
As C.S. Lewis wrote God is not just going to do a little remodelling in your life, He wants to do a complete homemaker. Our part is to cooperate with Him and allow the Lord to use His Word and each experience to shape us into what He wants us to be!