“Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.” by Billy Graham
What Billy Graham is talking about in this verse is sanctification. It is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the state of growing in divine grace as a result of Christian commitment after baptism or conversion”. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior our new life begins.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
The accepting of Christ, however, is just the beginning; the tip of the iceberg because there is so much more. When we follow Christ we are lavished with His love and grace. It is a love that is unconditional and everlasting. It is a love like nothing we have ever experienced from another human being. Because we are blessed to feel His love, we want to please Him and become more and more like Him each day.
For those of you who have been walking this Christian walk for a while, think back to when you first felt the love of Christ. What a wonderful feeling it is to experience first love! It is easy to get busy with our own lives and our own plans and agendas and forget that the One who created us has the perfect plan for our lives. His plan is not for us to stay the same but to change so that we are more like Him.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Think back about what you were like ten years ago, five years ago, even one year ago. Are you a different person today than you were then? Are you more like Christ today than you were then? Does your life reflect transformation? Do others see a difference in you?
We are called to become more like our Savior in how we think and feel as well as what we say and what we do. Do you recognize that your thoughts are not the same today as they were in the past? Do you feel differently about certain activities and relationships than you used to? Does your speech reflect the transformational power of Christ and the Holy Spirit in taming your tongue? Do your actions reflect His humbleness and servanthood?
Sanctification is a process, it is not something that happens over night. However, if we are yielding our lives, desires, thoughts, words and actions to the Lord then they should reflect more of Him and less of us to the world. Are you a different person today or have you lost sight of the amazing love and transformational power the Lord provides us? Take some time to reflect on your feelings, thoughts, words and actions and allow the Lord to show you where you are reflecting more of His Son and where you need to seek Him more wholeheartedly.
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- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway.com
- Definition of sanctification from http://www.merriam-webster.com