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Dr. Nabeel Qureshi   /   Jul 13, 2014

“That, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.“ Ephesians 4:22-24

The beginning of a continuing change in a believer’s life goes way back to the very core of his Christian faith. His firm belief, that Jesus Christ is God who alone can save him from his sinful nature and the power of the resurrection of Christ to forgive his sins and reconcile him to God the Father, starts to create in him a longing to head in the direction of finding the meaning of his new self.

Every believer is crafted uniquely for a specific purpose. The truth of the gospel message should compel us to pursue the purpose for which we are created. There are three aspects of change that every true believer in Christ should sincerely consider for him to effect a lasting change in his life.

1.         Vertical Change " Grounding

So many people go through their lives day after day without having grounded themselves on their God-given purpose. Many grapple with this question: “Why am I here?”  As Christians, we are to fuel our lives solely with the necessary desires for which we are created " in the image of God’s only Son Jesus Christ. To follow Christ means to love His Word and to aim to be more and more like Him every single day. We are not to forsake the fellowship with other believers not only to encourage one another (Hebrews 10:24-25) but most importantly to study His Word for we are to “sanctify ourselves by the truth; His Word is truth” (John 17:17). Don’t fuel your life contrary to the purpose for which you have been created. You have to ground yourself and know your Creator.

2. Horizontal Change " Calling

God has put us in a specific place and time so we may know Him. After having grounded and saturated ourselves with the Word of God, we now stand before a Sovereign God who understands us. God will start crafting our heart to delight in Him and to be in conformity with His will. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we can now clearly assess the specific things God intends for us to do.

Psalm 37:4 reveals the Lord's principle for purifying our desires and issues a call for devotion to Him. When we commit our way to God, we allow our thoughts, goals, and lifestyle to be shaped by His will and the things He loves. In other words, we acknowledge His right to determine whether our longing fits His plan.

3.         Point of Intersection " Fulfilling

The result of the vertical change and the horizontal change gives us a meaningful picture of the Cross. God took the worst event in history, Jesus’ crucifixion, and transformed that to the best event in all of history for the salvation of those who would believe the gospel message. As we keep our eyes on the cross and take the focus off ourselves, we then begin to see the need of those around us. This is what we call crucial change. If we are to call ourselves followers of Christ, then our heart’s overflowing desire should be to reach out to others in love and grace and share the message of the Cross. We are to be found living in the point of intersection and fulfill God’s calling for us.

Eternal life in Jesus is our one true joy and assurance. Let’s give glory to God by sharing this truth with others. So no matter who you are God has crafted you to be a world changer. Ground yourself in Christ, understand your calling and then fulfill it. 

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