I should have made this post 2 days ago but yeah i remembered now and decided to share my experience with meeting a friend of one of my church members. This man was quite elderly(probably in his 90’s) and i must confess the only way i could tell he was probably that age was because my friend already told me he was quite old. We were going to go prayer walking together-which is basically walking around a community and praying for people around the area. But yeah i had never met Him before but even though he might have been old on the outside, he was so young on the inside. When he spoke it was like you lost attention of everything that was happening around you. He told me quite a lot, and you would expect someone as old as that to be just tired and maybe sluggish, but he was actually quite active. Maybe not physically active, but when he spoke, you could relate to the level of enthusiasm he had about what he was talking about.
I would have to say i had never spoken to anyone in my life which such level of spiritual maturity. You could see Jesus straight through him; you didn’t even have to look twice. He told me about his experience of God waking Him up at night and giving him psalms(songs- not known songs, but a song composed by God Himself and just given to Him by God) and he even sang 2 of them for me and i could just feel the presence of God oozing out of Him as he sang it. I mean, i’ve heard of God telling people to compose worship songs but never heard of God giving both the tunes and the lyrics of a worship song to a man in the middle of the night. He also told me about how God is pouring out his spirit on young people today and how there’s going to be a whole generation of young people(revival) being used by God. He told me many, many other things i can’t even start listing but as soon as i wondered what made me so amazed, i really felt God say to me, ‘He has grown and has continually been moulded into the image of Jesus’. And that is why i’m writing this post.
One of my best verses is Ephesians 4:13:
[That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him.
I love this verse because it talks about us growing in the knowledge of Christ, and arriving at a completeness of personality, which has not been defined in the verse as what the world might call a complete personality. The world refers to a complete personality is totally opposite ways to the Bible. Jeremiah 9:23-24 illustrates this when it says:
Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise and skillful person glory and boast in his wisdom and skill; let not the mighty and powerful person glory and boast in his strength and power; let not the person who is rich [in physical gratification and earthly wealth] glory and boast in his [temporal satisfactions and earthly] riches;
24But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I am the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.
That’s another verse i love because really, what makes us arrive at really mature manhood(being accomplished) is not our wealth, how many degrees we have from school, our position in the society, our level of philosophical wisdom, our physical appearances, who we know etc but really coming to know God. Knowing God is not knowing about Him. Knowing God is practicing what you know about Him and practically coming to understand who He is and His character. When we know God, we grow and grow everyday and are continually being moulded into the full stature and completeness in Christ.
My last part of this post(because i made up my mind to not go above 1000 words this time :P) will be a list of some scriptures that say we are destined to be moulded into the image of Christ.
Acts 22:14 says:
God of our forefathers has destined and appointed you to come progressively to know His will [to perceive, to recognize more strongly and clearly, and to become better and more intimately acquainted with His will], and to see the Righteous One (Jesus Christ, the Messiah), and to hear a voice from His [own] mouth and a message from His [own] lips.
Romans 8:29 says:
For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren.
And the last one which i love:
Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]
10For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
I love the last verse because it says we are saved by grace(God’s undeserved and unmerited gift) not because of our works, but then once we are recreated in Christ (born again), God enables us to do good works(acts of obedience to God), and he has pre-destined us to do them and to live the good life he prearranged for us to live. Now, i dont know about you but that’s encouraging to me :D. I’m encouraging everyone who reads this post to abide(live permanently) in Christ, so we can let the Holy Spirit transform our lives to grow into the completeness of Christ, which of course is our ultimate destiny. I’ll leave you with that :D- 1100 words 😕