The world expected a Messiah who was powerful and ruling, yet they received One who was peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, impartial, and sincere. Isaiah 9:6 described the Messiah, “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (NIV) The world viewed God from their eyes and expectations and ultimately rejected Jesus by those same expectations. The same can easily happen to you… if your God is “ordered up” to your needs and expectations. The standards and needs of the world are far different than God’s. Conforming your God to the world’s standards and needs can quickly squeeze God out of your life.
Seeking God with sound wisdom and knowledge does not produce God’s character. Matthew 5:8 shows how going into and living out the purity of God’s character will open you up to seeing and experiencing God, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (NIV) Paul in Philippians 4:8 helps you further understand this by showing that the qualities of God are what you should be seeking and dwelling upon, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” (NIV) These points of character are the things that God uses to not only transform your life, but also the lives of those around you and the culture in which you live. Is your life moving more naturally towards forgiveness, compassion, concern, and service or is it growing in comfort, security, and self-reliance? God’s character in you should be expanding in your life, but more importantly your life should be filled with God – the power and working of the Holy Spirit in you! 1 John 3:18 “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” (NIV) Put yourself into as well as live in the center of God’s heart, so that His life becomes your life.
John 1:14 “We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (NIV)
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Resources on transformation from Growing in Christ Bible studies: Transformation Parts 1, 2, and 3.