“I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.” – Philippians 3:7 (NLT)
When we embrace a proper perspective of Jesus Christ, things change.
Everyone has a past. We all started somewhere and grew up somewhere. We all were a part of people groups that influenced our decision making including our families and friends. We all lived through the consequences of decisions and choices that we made and that were made for us by others.
At any point in our past there were things that became important to us. It may have been ideals, possessions, or people that we were so important that we felt we didn’t want to live apart from them.
When Christ intersects a life, He does it just as we are. Christ reveals Himself to us in the midst of all the ideals, possessions and people we think are so valuable, even though many of those things are contrary to all that He stands for. As we come to know Him and embrace what we know, our value systems change. The more we come to know Him and embrace those things, we continue to change. This know…embrace…change process is one that is at work in us all the days of our earthly lives.
Dawson McAlister used to say, “No change, no Jesus. No Jesus, no change.”
How have you changed in your life’s journey? How recent is your changing? Is the change in the direction of the things of Christ, or away from Him? Celebrate your journey with the Lord today. Thank Him for the changes He has made in you so far and pray for the courage to know Him more and embrace Him more so that you will continue in His life changing process.