December 8, 2008

God's character

One of the things I do not like to tell people is the year I gave my life to Christ -the year I declared publicly for God. Interestingly, people whether out of reflex or out of curiosity or out of spirituality or out of whatever ask such a question.

Personally, it becomes embarrassing as the years go by and I feel that my faith journey has been awfully slow. Of course there was a period I put my relationship with God on 'pause' and chased shadows. I could feel I was slipping but was deceived to think that I could do nothing about it. But somehow I sensed God's loving hands was upon me. I remember I only had time to pray one prayer most times:

'Dear Lord, please do not allow my conscience to be seared'

I had always known that the best place to be was in Christ, but I was trapped in the things of the world. However, God who searches the heart seeing that I truly desire to live for him began to orchestrate events to help me out. As I retraced my steps, on 25th June, 2007, I read Ephesians 4:20-24:

But that's no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It's rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you (The Message).

The last verse struck me and I earnestly prayed asking God to reproduce his character in me. He replied, "As you are continually in my presence, I will reproduce my character in you"

I wrote it down ( if you read the post "hearing God: my challenge", I stated that I record some of the words I hear), which explains how I could remember the exact date. Once in a while I go through the words of God I have written down and on one of such occasions, I discovered that God has told me something similar on 5th October, 2005.

"When you spend more time in my presence, you will be transformed"

So there is no shortcut! To be changed, to remain changed, to exhibit God's character and to show forth his glory, I must spend time in his presence, studying his word and communing with him.

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