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GROWING IN CHRIST

"A Changed Lens"

Date published: 11/25/2018

John 9:2-3 “His disciples asked Him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’  ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.’” (NIV)

 

   Imagine your employer telling you that you have such incredible talents that they no longer want you to work; they want you to utilize those talents in every way possible, so that the world can benefit from the gifts you have.  He tells you that you have an unlimited bank account, so that you no longer need to work.  Live life in such a way that you can exploit your true potential!  This verse speaks in a similar way to our spiritual heritage.  You have eternal life in the future as well as life now through the work and life of the Holy Spirit.  This is not an earn-out proposition, but a live-out propositionYou wake each morning, not trying to earn your eternal destiny, but instead allowing God to work in you, so that His life might be magnified through you. 

 

   Living this way requires you to see your life differently in this world.  You no longer live for wealth, comfort, and prestige, but for God’s life to be lived through you.  Your focus is not on using the temporal for self-satisfaction as the world does, but on allowing the temporal to be an opportunity for God’s kingdom to be lived through you.  In John 11:39-40 you see a similar example when Jesus said to Martha to take her eyes off the fading things of this world and to believe there is a God in charge: “‘But, Lord,’ said Martha, the sister of the dead man, ‘by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.’ Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’” (NIV)  God wants you to live life believing He exists and is faithful to His Word.  God wants you to exercise faith by using every circumstance as an opportunity for Him to reign in you, instead of the world, the flesh, and satan.  In John 6:12 Jesus fed the 5,000, which was probably closer to 10,000 including women and children, with 5 loaves of bread and two fish: “When they had all had enough to eat, He said to His disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over.  Let nothing be wasted.’” (NIV)  In today’s world one would have replied that Jesus should be checked into a mental hospital after saying do not waste anything after feeding 10,000 with 5 loaves of bread!

 

   In God’s economy every circumstance is an opportunity for God to shine.  Every circumstance asks if this challenge will be consumed by my flesh, the world, and satan, or will I step into faith to allow God to consume that circumstance, so that the living God can be seen?  What is my lens of life?  Though our imaginary employer said you do not have to work and you have an unlimited bank account, are you going to continue working overtime and living life as usual?  Or will you take advantage of this incredible opportunity to use what God has given you? 

 

   We do not live with Jesus being Lord because we do not believe God.  We believe not because our food is not God.  We must live on the same food Jesus lived on in John 4:34, “‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.’” (NIV)  Make Jesus your food and drink.  Ask Jesus to reveal areas where your thirst is being quenched by the flesh, the world, and satan.  Now ask Jesus to make you thirsty for the Giver and Satisfier of life, so that those areas can be satisfied by the living Christ!

 

John 7:37 “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.” (NIV)

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience:  “Satisfaction” and “Transformation – Part 1.”


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