Friday, January 25, 2013

transformers more than meets the eye

Jesus came to shine light into darkness to breath life into our hopeless darkness.  His light brings change because the things that thrived in the darkness cannot stand the light. When Jesus calls you He isn't going to let you stay where you were. The call to follow Jesus is a call to transformation. He does not leave us as He finds us. He leaves no area of our lives untouched: family relationships, friendships, our perspective on life, work, leadership and the world in which we live, all are fair game. Sometimes that means that He will prune some of our relationships, sometimes even with family members that aren't healthy for you to be involved with. I think even when that happens He wants us to get a place where reconciliation can happen when He makes you strong and complete so those others can no longer have that negative effect on you.  Jesus doesn’t come to justify our current lives, He comes to call us to real life. The key to us fully becoming disciples of Jesus is that we need to be like the early disciples, we need to be quickly obedient. When He said come follow me the dropped what they were doing, left their businesses and families and followed Him. When we fully give ourselves over to Him we then truly gain freedom that goes beyond anything we understand. One of the biggest lies that the enemy wants people to believe is that entering into a relationship with Christ will bind you and limit you, well we know he is a liar and will use religion to keep people from relationship.
We need to remember a relationship with Jesus is about a deep unfathomable love, it's about freedom and positive transformation that brings healthy life. If there is divisiveness and condemnation that is not from God and we need to run from it to the truth.
Matthew 4:16-20 "The people who sat (dwelt enveloped) in darkness have seen a great Light, and for those who sat in the land and shadow of death Light has dawned. From that time Jesus began to preach, crying out, Repent  (change your mind for the better, heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. As He was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He noticed two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, throwing a dragnet into the sea, for they were fishermen. And He said to them, Come after Me [as disciples--letting Me be your Guide], follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men! At once they left their nets and became His disciples [sided with His party and followed Him]."

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