“What Jesus Christ does in new birth is to put in a new disposition that transforms morality into holiness. He came to put into the person who knows he needs it His own heredity of holiness, to bring him into oneness with God that he never had through natural birth,”that they may be one just as We are”(John 17:22)”
“He came to make the way for everyone of us to get there, and the gateway is His Cross. I cannot begin by imitating Jesus Christ, but only by being born into His kingdom; then when I have been regenerated and have received the heredity of the Son of God, I find that His teaching belongs to this heredity, not to my human nature.”
(Oswald Chambers Conformed to His Image pp 25,26)
Many of us mess with spirituality hoping to find peace or to become better people or to make it to heaven.
We flippantly call ourselves Christians without understanding exactly what that means or what it really entails to be a follower of Christ.
Telling people you are a ‘born again’ Christian sets you up for ridicule and can label you a ‘bible basher’ or ‘blind faither’
but that’s what Jesus requires of us. (John 3:7)
If I want to bake a cake I have to follow the recipe. I can’t say I don’t want to use that much sugar or no flour; if I do, the cake won’t come out the way it is meant to. I have to follow the recipe implicitly.
If I want to be a Christian i.e. a follower of Christ, I have to abide by His recipe, His method, otherwise I won’t become His follower but something else – something short of what I am expected to become.
How many of us are just tagging on our ‘christianity’ to suit our human nature? As the quote above says, it is only after we receive our heredity in the Son of God that we can be taught how to be His followers. To follow Him I must first give up all my rights to myself..more on that later
After living on this planet for over 50 years, I figured there are things that I need to say.
I spent the first three decades of my life doing as I pleased, satisfying every wanton appetite and all I got was heartbreak, guilt and shame.
How frustrated I felt when those around me could keep enjoying their sordid lives. Why did I have to be the schmuck with a guilty conscience?
For me, the creed, ‘Do what thou wilt’ was a bum steer and Peggy Lee’s song, “Is That All There Is?” drove me to despair.
Nothing seemed to satisfy me and I went to bed each night longing for something more that maybe tomorrow might bring. Everyday was faced with anticipation but nothing came of it.
I need a lover, I need to get married, I need to have a kid, I need an overseas holiday, I need a new job, I need to try cocaine, I need to have an affair, I need a guru, I need religion, I need a psychiatrist, I need a Valium!
The psychiatrist and the Valium were the last straw.
One night I looked out to the night sky and said, “Dear God – the one who created the stars and the moon, the one who created me – help me!
Please place my feet on the right path and I will give you my life – just don’t make me a missionary!”
Life continued normally until a few months later I stumbled upon a verse in the Bible that unnerved me. The book belonged to my mother and I flicked it open to see what it was all about. My eyes fell on a line found in John 12:25,
‘Those who love their life in this world will lose it and those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.’
Eternity? You mean, forever and ever and ever?
I recalled a verse I had memorized in Religious Education when little –
‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life ‘
A gentle voice spoke in my mind, “Ginnie, you love to party and you are free to party for the rest of your life – then what?”
I thought, yeah the party is going to end and I’m going to end up in hell. In a moment, I knew I had to make a choice.
No one coached me, nor brainwashed me, nor cajoled me neither did I hear it preached nor recommended as a cure for my longing heart. In that moment I sensed Jesus was speaking to me and as easily as one sells his soul to the devil, that day I handed over my soul to the lordship of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Now I live my life in the light of eternity.
On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is shifting sand.