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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Broken for Transformation"

Date published: 07/24/2020

Luke 20:17-18 "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone.  Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust."

 

   This is a verse that has a strong message for both the believer and non-believer.  I have always interpreted this verse from the non-believer perspective, but today I want to show how it applies to a follower of Christ.  If a non-believer rejects Christ, their destiny is sealed for eternity.  Their life now and for eternity will be brokenness that amounts to nothing.  On the other hand the believer who receives Christ, but continually rejects truth, pursues sin, and lives an impoverished Christian life will also experience brokenness.  Yes, their place in eternity may be settled, but they live their Christian life in a continual battle with God, truth, neglect of relationship with God, and wanton sin resulting in brokenness and desperation.  Many Christians do this out of ignorance.  They have not been discipled, never learned the leading of the Holy Spirit, and partake of little spiritual nourishment to feed their spirit.  Some Christians continue in their brokenness while continuing to be entrapped in sin.  Their lives resemble little of Christ while they continually live in brokenness as they struggle with sin.  Instead of an expanding God who continually creates life in them, they live defeated lives of sin resulting in a barren life.

 

   Here are three principles for not being broken on the stone, but instead being consumed into an expanding, satisfying, and joyful relationship with Christ.  The first principle is Luke 20:38: “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to Him all are alive."  As a Christian you have been regenerated into new life through the living Christ.  A person who comes off medical life support no longer needs the medical equipment used to keep him alive.  In the same way a new Christian no longer lives in their old ways as a non-Christian but must embrace their new life in Christ by living in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus said in John 14:16-17: “He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth.”  Your life is no longer lived in the ways of the world, but through the counsel and empowerment of the Holy Spirit in you.  This brings you to the second principle - a God who is alive and active in your life.  Luke 21:18-19 shows what this life looks like: “But not a hair of your head will perish.  By standing firm you will gain life.”  No matter how hopeless, challenging, or tempting something seems, you serve a living God who asks you to stand firm in faith, so He can breathe life into you!  The final principle is found in 1 Peter 2:5: “You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  You are becoming the living stones that build God’s house on this earth.  Instead of spending life on this earth struggling with the capstone of life (Jesus), you are allowing God to make you into His spiritual temple every day.  You no longer struggle with God, because you have found Him to be the very sustenance of your life.  You no longer argue, negotiate, and ignore truth, but freely embrace it as the portal to Jesus’ life into yours.  The hardships of this world are kindling for the fire of the Holy Spirit.  Your life in Christ has moved from education and talk to firsthand experiences that continually show God’s hand at work.  You increasingly embrace Jesus’ promise in John 14:12: “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing.  He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father.”  You have moved from doubting, fighting God, and compromising to believing, trusting, experiencing, and seeing the living God!  This is the life Jesus promised!!

 

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience in this area:  “Transformation – Part 1” and “Transformation – Part 3.”