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Written by 83 year old Robert VanHoose:
Read 2 Peter 1, Psalm 90:12-17 Feb 24
“Movin’ on Up”
“If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim” 1 John 1:6 MSG
Life in the world seems to be all about upward mobility. We seem to be obsessed about moving on up in our careers, our standard of living, and especially in enjoying the pleasures of the world and the flesh.
We too often and too easily forget that God’s purpose for our lives is also for our upward mobility. We are not only saved from sin, death, and eternal damnation, but we are given a new life in Christ and are commanded to move on up in our faith, hope, and love.
Our faith is a living faith in a living Lord. We were dead in trespasses and sin but through faith by the grace of God have been made alive in Christ.
We are never going to be all that God says we are until we see Jesus face to face in heaven. From the time we are born again until that time, we should be becoming more like who God says we are theologically in actuality by the way we live our lives on this earth.
Faith without works is dead faith. . If we continue to live in the deadness of our sins without any evidence of Christ living in us, we must consider whether we are sheep or goats.
God’s plan for growing us into the image of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit living within us is to equip us to accomplish the purposes for which we were created.
Once we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, the lives we live are no longer our own but belong to Christ who is now living in us.
Holy transformation is the ongoing process wherein we move on up day by day, year by year in becoming more like Christ in every area of our lives.
Father, let my growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus be the number one priority of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.