Thursday, November 11, 2010

Knowing Jesus Dramatically Changes Your Life

Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

Excerpt from
“Walking with Christ: The New Life” - 2010-11-07

The Bible teaches us the knowing Jesus happens when you have an encounter with Jesus that dramatically changes your life. Now that encounter may happen like a giant tidal wave or by the light pattering of rain over a long period of time. But nonetheless, it is a dramatic putting off the “old self” and a dramatic putting on the “new self” that is evidenced by a melting of the heart; by an acute self-awareness of sin; by a yearning for a greater understanding of God; by learning about Jesus and listening to Jesus and seeing Jesus in the context of our everyday lives; and by embracing of the truth God, an anger about sin, an honesty in relationships, a talk that matches our walk, a forgiving spirit that is rooted the grace and mercy and love we have received through Jesus Christ.

Jesus had a dramatic affect on every person he encountered in the Bible – they either angrily rejected him or they fully embraced him. Those who embraced him were looking for a new life; those who rejected him were not. A story it told of man who bought a new radio, brought it home, placed it on his refrigerator, plugged it in, and tuned it to WSM in Nashville, Tennessee - home of the Grand Ole Opry. He then pulled all the knobs off - because he had already tuned into all he ever wanted or expected to hear. The standard by which he set his musical tastes was set. I fear many who claim Jesus are settled into living their lives in the same way. . . .

Those who truly know Jesus want more of Jesus. And they don’t just talk like they want more of Jesus, they “walk” like that want more of Jesus – even in the face of mighty rivers filled with hazardous rapids, unknown waterfalls, mysterious currents, and unknown dangers around each bend. Yesterday morning I was blessed to spend time with brothers and sisters who are in process of joining our church. Our time together was filled with deep emotion and overflowing with tears as each one told of how Jesus had sovereignly entered their lives and rescued them from their “old selves” and gave them a new life. They are joining us because they want more Jesus with us.

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