Agent of Change
Our reconciliation with God was made complete when Jesus lifted up his eyes and cried, “It is finished”. (John 19:30) So, why do we so often wrestle with the same failings, temptations and distractions in the face of this transforming forgiveness and love? The moment we trust Christ we are given everything pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:2-4)
We allow him to transform our values, attitudes and behaviour so that we are able to glorify him more and more. We have been commissioned.
The Bible reading this week challenges us, to change our lives once we have commenced living our lives through Christ. Now, for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if all these qualities are yours they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins
(2 Pet. 1:5-9)
How can we begin to experience positive change? “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever” (John 14:16). That Helper is the Holy Spirit, who came some fifty days later to direct and empower the believers at Pentecost. The same Holy Spirit dwells in believers today and serves as our instructor, counsellor, and the source of spiritual power as we live for Christ’s glory and honour.
Are you depending on God’s Spirit to teach you, change you, and use you in the lives of others? Abiding in Christ does not mean deliverance from all of your problems, but it will provide a powerful relationship with the one who is the source of wisdom for difficult decisions, love to encourage you, and strength to help you endure.