Jan25SunJanuary 25, 2015
“Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ…” (Phi 1:6)
Revolution: “the usually violent attempt by many people to end the rule of one government and start a new one; a sudden, extreme, or complete change in the way people live, work, etc. A fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something: a change of paradigm (meaning: a change of habit, pattern, or standard).”
The change is a supernatural result of compliance to the will of the Father. The reactions to the change are what we need to be prepared for but not be moved by (see Acts 20:24). Jesus said if they reject you they reject Me and if they receive you they receive Me. Jesus had haters, mockers, and persecutors. It should be no surprise to us if we encounter the same. Our focus however should not be on them but on JESUS – The Author and Finisher of our Faith!
When we stand before Him, we want to hear those glorious words, “Well Done” and not “depart from Me”. Besides, Jesus wants to demonstrate His Power through us by the Holy Ghost. Signs and wonders are still for today – Now is the day of salvation. Our incentive is love for Jesus and love for souls.
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” (Phi 2:12-13)
God is chipping away at the old man, the old way we lived, in order to unveil the new creation that we are, in Him! He works from the inside out developing His character and nature within which leads to His personification without. When people look at us they should see Jesus if we are cooperating with God’s plan. He is the Potter and we are the clay; He begins, perfects, and completes the work in our lives till we become the express image of His glory. We are His Trophy; His Masterpiece – to be set on display.
We are not being conformed [suschematizo – to conform one’s self – mind and character to another’s pattern; to fashion alike] to this world, but we are being transformed [metamorphoo – to change into another form (Rom. 12:1-3)]; God conforming us to the image and likeness of Jesus. “For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed [summorphos – having the same form as another, similar; jointly formed] to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brethren (Rom 8:29).”