It´s a huge privilege to be changed by the Almighty One!
Good morning, dear friends! Praise the Lord for this wonderful day He gave us! Thank God for another opportunity to get filled with His living word!For a few weeks we have been talking about God´s desire to change us, our character and make us more like His Son, Jesus Christ. To accomplish this, God permits difficult situations and narrow circumstances in our life. God is willing to remove from our life everything that we rely upon, so that we can learn to rely upon Him alone, since only then we achieve happiness in our life. «Thus says Yahweh: Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from Yahweh. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man who trusts in Yahweh, and whose trust Yahweh is.» (Jeremiah 17:5,7). Presumed you have a job that has become an idol for you, it prevents you from growing in the Lord, changing and becoming what God wants you to be. I do not doubt God can allow that you loose such job one day. Then you can pray: “Lord, help me to find a job. Lord, help me to keep my current job.” You would even share you excitement with other people by telling them how good your job is, because you are get paid a lot and your tithe is considerable. You are even ready to offer more than 10% of your income to God. Though, we must understand, that God is rather concerned about our personality, than our ministry or job. He is more concerned about building your character and your mission on Earth than about what you can give to Him. God knows you will never fulfil your mission on Earth without becoming like Jesus. Therefore, He is doing everything to transform you.Let me draw your attention to some verses from Scripture that point out the necessity of having changes in the life of those who believe, while calling us to change. The invitation to change comes from the Lord. God is constantly calling people to change in order to make us more like Jesus. First, let´s have a look at the Gospel of Matthew:
«Walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers: Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers for men.”». (Matthew 4:18-19).Walking past, Jesus comes across two people and invites them to follow Him. Those two dropped their nets and followed Jesus. The same way Jesus found each of us, when said “Follow me, I will make you something valuable”. We became believers, because we agreed to do the same thing Peter and Andrew did, namely, to follow Christ.Following Jesus is the key invitation in this verse. Only when we follow Jesus, He promises to make us something valuable. The expression “I´ll make you” was often used talking about a potter who used to make vessels. When Jesus said He would make us, He meant “He would make us, so that other people seeing you could say you have been made in Heaven”.If we allow God to change us His way and we follow Jesus, people around will see a reflection of Heaven in our life and in our ministry. It´s a huge privilege to be changed by the Almighty One. God bless you today!Rufus Adjiboje, pastor.
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