He that followeth me, walketh not in darkness
~ 1 John 8:12, KJV ~
Read: Genesis 1-2:25; Psalm 1:1-6; Proverbs 1:1-7; and Matthew 1:1-25
These are the words of Christ, by which we are admonished , how we ought to imitate His life and manners, if we will be truly enlightened, and be delivered from all blindness of heart.
Let therefore our chiefest endeavor be, to meditate upon the life of Jesus Christ.
~ From, The Imitation of Christ ~
There is no greater example than that of the Savior. How he lived his life, what he taught, and how he related to His Father.
Today is the first day of a new year. Today, is the call to fully trust in a Sovereign God. We do this by placing our trust in Jesus Christ and strive to conform our lives to that which mirrors the life of Christ.
We are justified through the power of the Holy Spirit and justified by the righteousness of Christ – which is imputed upon us as we are set apart as disciples.
As we follow after Christ, we are led out of darkness and walk in the light of His Grace and love. We come to God with humility, seeking vigilantly to be ever conformed into doing the will of God. Seeking forgiveness when we have fallen short and forgiving those who have caused offense toward us.
True discipleship and true transformation toward a radical and authentic Christian lifestyle begins with radically surrendering our own selfish desires and wills over to God, accepting the grace and mercy of God into our own lives and learn to be conformed and transformed in our obedience to His divine will and desire.
Jesus taught, “Whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 16:25, KJV). Our very trust in Christ moves us toward a useful spiritual life where we become a blessing to others.
There is a blessed promise to the believer: …to be conformed to the image of his Son… (Romans 8:29), and we shall be like him (1 John 3:2). This is not something that happens over night. It is a process that begins with our act of trusting in a Sovereign God.
- Are you ready and committed in placing your trust into Christ and the saving work of His atonement?
- Are you hesitant in trusting in Christ? If so, what is the reason for your own hesitation?
- Trusting in Christ is not partial. We are either wholly committed and placing our lives in His or we are not – what is preventing you from fully trusting in Christ and the Sovereign Grace of God?
Today’s Prayer and Application
Father God, help me come to a place where I am able to fully trust in your will.