When I first became a Christian and joined the Church I was pretty excited!
I had a spiritual experience of God in my home that led me to Church to understand what I had experienced.
I was hungry for information, and I read and re-read and studied the Bible. I joined the Church and listened to teaching. I read other people’s experiences of faith and other religions.
My knowledge about God and faith was growing!
But though I was gaining lots of information and maturing in an intellectual sense, some parts of me were still very immature.
I had begun to serve in the Church, but wasn’t very self-aware, and not very other-aware either. I could be very black and white and judgemental about things and sometimes unhelpful or hurtful to others… And then God started to take me on an ‘inner’ Journey, a journey of transformation.
Though I had been a Christian for more than 10 years and had lots of information about God… The Holy Spirit showed me the point of following Jesus and being part of His family, the Church, was for me to be totally transformed to become more like Jesus.
2000 years ago, one of Jesus’ disciples wrote,
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
God didn’t just want me to know the right things and to believe the right things, but to be made new and live them out. God brought me to himself to become an ambassador for His Kingdom.
Wow, what a revelation – transformation not just information!
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