What do you desire from your relationship with God? I know for some people they want ‘to be blessed in the city, blessed in the fields, blessed when they come and whey they go.’ Some people want to know that when they die, they are going to heaven. What is your reason for knowing Christ?
Since God saved us the question should be more directed to Him than to us. What are His purposes for saving us? In searching the scriptures there are three main purposes.
“….. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10).
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13).
In these verses there is a thread of thought that runs through them. God made us in His ‘image and likeness’ and He died to get us back to our original state; “as being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18; third purpose); So, He provides the life so that He can have us as friends once again (This determines how He guides us through trails (Hebrews 12:7-11; James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:3-9). In each of these verses we are being directed back to His image; “…. it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20; Philippians 1:21). It is for this purpose that at the point of salvation the Holy Spirit came into our lives (Titus 3:4-8). As the Helper of Christ (John 14:16-17) He transforms us by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2). It is this process that we must commit our lives too.
J. Stuart Holden gives a beautiful illustration. He says, “I have around my home a garden. In that garden and its possibilities, I have the mind of nature. For instance, I know what soil and what seed should produce this, that, and all the other kinds of flowers and fruit; I see set forth in the seedsmen’s catalogues the wonderful things that the garden should bring forth. . . . But mark you, the flowers and the fruit are only produced by labor, by obedience to the laws of nature. When the garden has been made beautiful and fruitful, it has been made so only by intelligent cooperation with nature. The fruits of the Spirit are only made evident in our lives as we wholeheartedly cooperate with the Lord in full submission and obedience to Him by letting His Spirit have full control of us—body, soul and spirit. (from Illustrations of Bible Truths Copyright © 1995, 1998 by AMG International, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.)
It is my prayer that you would take the time to grow in Christ rather than just go to Christ.
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