“But… the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again.’” (Deuteronomy 17:16, NKJV)
After the wise men’s encounter with the newborn King, the Lord instructed them to return to their homeland by a different route.
Things change when Jesus Christ assumes control of our lives. We become new creations and are transformed into instruments for service to God. We abandon the old ways of doing things. We no longer try to earn our way to God through works. Instead of living the law of the flesh, we live by the law of faith. We become ambassadors for Christ.
As we practice the concepts of soak, sow, and flow (explained in the book, KingdomNomics), our attitudes, thinking, and behavioral patterns change. The love of Christ compels us to live in harmony with the will of God. Even though we are wasting away outwardly, we discover we are being renewed inwardly daily.
As we consider this transformation process, the words of John the Baptist come to mind: “He must increase, and I must decrease.”
It is a battle, isn’t it? The old self doesn’t want to let us go. But as we begin to taste God’s word operating in our lives, the Christ in us progressively overcomes the self-life of our sinful nature.
Today, ask yourself:
Is Jesus Christ progressively gaining control over how I think, feel, and act? What steps do I need to take to allow him to transform me?