Do you sometimes think back and wish you knew then what you do now?
A little while ago my daughter asked if she could be baptised again. This concerned me as she was only baptized 2 years ago and I was concerned as to why she was feeling the need to do it again!
She explained to me that now she feels that she understands so much more about God than she did back then, so to her it would be more meaningful now!
What a great problem to have!
That feeling you are stronger in your relationship with God than you were before. To feel that your relationship with God is getting deeper than it first was.
The day we surrendered to Jesus and the day we get baptized are markers along a journey. They are reminders of significant decisions we have made in our lives and the commitment we have made to God.
But it is the journey in between these times that we grow in Christ-likeness and it is where we will be for the rest of our lives.
In Colossians 3 Paul speaks about the new life we have in Christ. He talks about setting our minds on things above, not on earthly things. Then he encourages the people to put to death things that belong to our earthly nature such as sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed. Paul then encourages us to put on a new self and be renewed through our knowledge of Christ.
We put on your new nature, and are renewed as we learn to know our creator and become like Him.
Are you getting to know your creator?
We all can look back on our lives and say that we are so much more experienced and have more wisdom than we did back then. We can look back on those significant milestones and wish we had known then what we do now. But this is a natural and necessary part of our journey with God.
I hope to always be growing and changing, allowing God to refine me into His work of art.
Would you say you know God more now than you did last year? Are you finding with every year you are becoming more attuned to His voice.
Are you becoming more like Him?
Sometimes I reflect on the person I was and feel a little embarrassed. I wish the people who knew me then could know me now. Some of the rough edges have been chipped off and my attitude has matured.
The truth is that everything we have been through has molded us into the people we are today.
I am most thankful that God loves us even when we have rough edges and selfish attitudes. And in His loving way, He refines us and defines us as children of God.
Thank you that you see my rough edges and love me any way. Thank you that I am not the same person I was last year and please continue to refine me in the years to come.
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