For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:29).
I have a question for you Friends. Do you feel that once you repent, and become a follower of Jesus Christ, that your faith and growth in God is finished? I say ABSOLUTELY NOT! It has only gotten started.
Repenting is the first step, and our ongoing sanctification, is in progress, day after day. In all honesty, we will NEVER become close, to becoming like Jesus Christ, because he is perfect, and we are NOT, and NEVER will be, this side of Heaven.
That being said, doesn’t mean we should not strive, to become more like him though.
Though our salvation is secure and complete, there is a work of Christ in our lives, that is not finished, and will continue until we reach Heaven’s gate.
Jesus Christ knows the situations we face, and He experienced the same challenges that we endure. Even on the Cross, Jesus asked the Father why had he forsaken him. But he didn’t,
You and I are never alone and forsaken either…No matter how badly we don’t get it “right!”
I will be the first one to admit, that I have too many flaws to name, but I want to live my life in such a way, that people will know, that I’m giving it my best shot, in imitating my Lord and Savior. Don’t you feel the same way? I sure hope you do.
As Christians, we are a “work in progress” so to speak. Will we make “ALL” the right choices? NO! Will we mess up? YES! Over and Over again. Thank you God for mercy, is all I can say.
Sometimes I can envision God saying, “Angie,” “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” Backup and Rewind, and do it “my way!”
By the way, “his way” is much better than “our way!” When we try to go “our way” is when we make a big ole mess of things!
The difference between Jesus, and the rest of the human race is he was tempted in every way, but remained Sinless, whereas you and I can’t. However, he does understand and can sympathize with our weaknesses. Below is that scripture.
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16).
What God has started in us, he will see it through to completion. He will NEVER tell us, that we need to figure it out on our own, because God is a good God, and will always show us, the way we must follow, in his word.
We are God’s masterpiece, to mold and shape, into the form of his beloved Son…Jesus Christ
God is the potter, and we are his clay. He is molding and shaping us daily, until we become finished, on that one glorious day Friends. That is a promise to hold on to tightly. But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand. (Isaiah 64:8).
Scriptures for Reference
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is the truth. (John 17:17).
So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. (Hebrews 13:12).
For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. (Hebrews 10:14).
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6).
For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13).
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16).
By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? (Romans 6:2).
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8).
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10).
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1).
The main thing, we should keep in mind, is this Friends…We are “Unfinished” “Broken” and “Imperfect” people. That means we aren’t “sinless” but we should want to “sin less” and allow God, to continue his work in us, to completion.
May we stay on the narrow path, that he desires for us, so when we are standing, before our Savior and King, he will say….Welcome home my good and faithful servant. That image brings me to tears and leaves a big ole smile on my face. Does it you also?
Your Sister in Christ
Hey Friends. Thank you for taking time out of your day, to spend a few moments in mine. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important to me to share the gospel with you. I write about my ups and downs, my struggles and insecurities, but above all else, I share how God brings me through it all. Let’s continue our walk with Christ together.