I haven’t arrived yet!

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I believe that getting older as a Christian can be very challenging.  What I mean by that is we are all suppose to be on this journey of becoming more like Christ every day.  So, as the years, months, days, and minutes go by we should be maturing into Christ-likeness by presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice to Him (Rom 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. [1]).  We are to flee from being conformed to this world by renewing our minds (Rom 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. [2]).  Is this the scenario?  Are we really growing in Christ presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice to the Lord?  Are we mindful of the reactions to our daily testings so that we are discerning the will of God? Are we being conformed to the image of Christ or the world?  I find that many of us would agree that it isn’t the drugs, alcohol, pre-marital sex, adultery, and even pornography that many Christians struggle with, but it is the day in day out opportunities that we have to reveal Christ with others as we are being tested.  How many of us have been on the freeway in the fast lane when somebody is driving 65 and he/she will not get over for you so you can pass just to break the speed limit?  So, what happens next?  You get over in the next lane to speed up beside the person in the fast lane just to give your best mean mug.  How many us get frustrated when your in line at the grocery store and right before its your turn to check out the person in front of you needs a price check on something?  Lets just look at one more example for fun.  Have you ever been at a very crowded place like Disney land and your walking to get to your next ride and all of a sudden the family in front of you decides to stop walking to discuss something.  They could have easily moved over to the side to talk, but they decided to block all foot traffic to have their casual conversation.  How do you react to these types of situations in your life?  We have so many opportunities to reveal Christ to others, and it is not so much revealing Christ to the person in the fast lane of traffic, the person at the grocery store, or the family at Disney Land, but it is how Christ is revealed to our children, our wife, our husband and even close friends.  We would all agree just I mentioned above that doing drugs, drinking alcohol in excess, or looking at pornography is something we would never do in front our children, wife, husband, close friends or anybody for that matter.  But why do we think cursing out someone from your car, or getting frustrated in line, or letting everybody know just how upset you are with the family at Disney Land is OK?  Just as Romans 12:2 states that we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  Lets not think that we are mature Christians simply because we have been a Christian for many years and haven’t looked at porn or smoked a joint in 15 years.  Lets consider our daily devotion to God to present ourselves as living sacrifices with the day in day out opportunities we have to reveal Him (Jesus Christ).


[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Ro 12:1). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Ro 12:2). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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Jul 2012
AUTHOR Shawn Wagner
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  1. Sharon Morton says:

    Hi Pastor Shawn Wagner. I have a testimony about maturation in Christ. I have a gardener. He is my neighbor. He is a native of Vietnam. I asked him to remove 3 window screen frames from the kitchen and dining room windows. I told him to leave the screened frames on the back porch. He gestured that he didn’t understand. I pantomine taking the window screen out of the window and walking to the back porch and sitting them down on the carport. He gestured he understood. I gave him $20.00 and drove away to take care of some business. When I returned later that evening I didn’t see the window screens. I thought that since it was late I would wait until the next day to contact him. I even thougt that he might be replacing the screens. 2 weeks later I finally contacted him. He contacted me though his niece as his interpreter. I asked where are my screened window frames. His reply was he threw them away. He said he thought I didn’t want them.
    I did not scream. I did not insult him. I stated I was extremely disappointed that he would throw away somiething so important. I stated he knows how important it is for him to have window screens on his house therefore it is just as important for me. The window frames were $175 to replace. The gardener gave me $100 to help replace them. God is good. All the time God is good. I kept my peace throughout this entire test. I did this through the peace of God. I prayed that the Lord would have the gardener reconcile this with me and he did.

    “You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you”. Isaiah 26:3

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