At Salvation, Jesus makes us a new creation. Our old nature, habits, abusive language, negative actions, thoughts and emotions slowly fade away as God’s Spirit changes us from one stage of glory to the next (2 Corinthians 3:18).
We get so impatient when our carnality rises up and we make a mistake, hurt a friend or embarrass our self. It is hard to accept our humanity. However, God loved us while we were still sinners (Romans 8:5), so we can accept our self as well – just as we are.
God wants us to praise Him for our “hurts, habits and hang-ups” that prove that we are human. As we surrender these areas to Him, His Spirit makes all things new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
He who started a good work in us will finish it, day by day until Jesus returns for His bride (Philippians 1:6). He makes us a blessing regardless of our faults. We are His Temple (1 Corinthians 6:19), and He is perfecting us as the Bride of Christ without any spot or wrinkle (Ephesians 5:27).
Just like He did for Job (Job 42:10), God restores to us what Satan stole from us – our childhood, youth, resources, family, health, vocation, etc. Through our trials, Christ is manifested in us and through us. We are uniquely His.
Jesus was a man; He worked as a carpenter’s son most of His life. Yet, even though He was also God, He learned obedience through what He suffered (Hebrews 5:8).
He begged our Father to release Him from carrying our sins to the terrible crucifixion and death on the cross (Matthew 26:39), but set an example for us all, by willingly doing our Father’s will in all things.
Jesus abides in us by His Spirit. His divinity dwells in us along with our humanity. This gives us the same opportunity that Jesus had to live, move and have our being in the Spirit (Acts 17:28).
This fact allows us to stop trying to be good; and instead, to focus on Christ in us. We rejoice in the God of our salvation (Habakkuk 3:18). Through Christ in us, we are already redeemed. Our ticket to heaven is already paid for by His blood.
Father God, teach us to focus on Christ in us rather than our own foibles and idiosyncrasies (Colossians 1:27). Remind us that Your Spirit transforms us into the image of Christ in our thinking, feelings, and actions. They are now inspired by You (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Please use our weaknesses as an example of what a Spirit-filled Believer looks and acts like. Our humility, grace and dependence on You alone, motivates others to follow us as we follow Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1). Allow us to bring many others to heaven with us.
Thought for the Day:
We do not earn our status in the Son; He already guaranteed that position by sacrificing His life in our place.