Transformation in Christ - Reality and Not Pretense - Thursday, February 9th
“No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” John 8:11
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1 John 3:2-3
Just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:25B-27
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
The chief desire of Jesus for this woman is a beautiful life. He does not condemn her like the bullies to a life on the ash heap. Christ offers this woman beauty for ashes and she will demonstrate that she has truly accepted His offer by going out into the world and walking in the reality of the exchange He has given her. Go and sin no more and walk in the beauty of Christ are her new realities, her new ID.
What great descriptions these passages give to us of true beauty in Christ. Being pure, holy, blameless, without spot or wrinkle. Daunting to us when we are not living in the reality of Christ’s presence within us. But we are the children of God; we are going to be perfectly and completely beautiful when He appears for us in the end; and we are being transformed by His presence and seeing the exchange of ashes for beauty becoming an ever increasing reality day after day. The first key is believing that ashes are always ashes and that all beauty is received from Christ. The second key is believing in the forever connection we have with God in Christ and that this grace connection is our true identity.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I believe your plan is not empty of real possibility. I know that you will make me completely beautiful just like you when you come again. I am trusting you to produce your beauty in my life as much as is possible between now and then. Thank you now for my transformation in Christ. Amen!
Posted on Thu, February 9, 2017
by Ken Hart