April 7, 2018
1 Corinthians 15;58… Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the lord your labor is not in vain.
This verse follows a description of the completeness of our salvation.
Verse 54… When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written.
THEN ?… ‘Accepting Jesus’ is not the total work of salvation. Jesus defined it as being ‘born again.’ We are born as babies and what we shall be is not fully known at that moment. I have watched as parents have lamented the fact that their baby is 2 and impossible. I have also watched those same parents when that 2 year old turns 13. They say things like, “I wish you were 2 again.” I have looked at adults and thought, “I wonder what they were like as children.” Sometimes growth seems to follow a prescribed path; most times… not so much. When we are born again by the Spirit of God, we don’t know how we shall turn out. We are babies. The new life that we are given must develop. We must grow up. That process is called amongst other things… transformation.
Romans 12:1-2…I appeal to you, therefore brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, and acceptable, and perfect.
I have a friend who has worked with men suffering from addictions. One of the first steps in breaking an addiction is admitting it exists. Similarly, one of the early steps in transformation is admitting that one needs it. I don’t know if it is a function of self-preservation or what but people have a hard time admitting that they need transformation.
Paul’s instructions to us: “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” That is our response to God and our need for transformation. I told someone recently, “As a human, I don’t know how to be faithful to God.” Faithfulness comes with transformation.