A Transformed Life
By Ty Haguewood
A person that comes to faith in Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit is a transformed person. If a person has experienced the grace of God, they cannot remain the same.
For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:3-14
Paul, the converted Saul, the one who sacrificed everything he had to follow Jesus, shows that to follow, we must see Jesus as who He really is! Through encountering Jesus, we begin to see all else as loss. Paul didn’t “set his mind to it”; Jesus radically transformed this man’s life.
Today, Jesus is still in the business of transforming lives.
King Jesus, our Savior, is the only One that enables us to see with an eternal perspective. The more we see Jesus, the more we recognize Him as more valuable than anything else. Knowing King Jesus becomes the only thing that matters. There is absolutely nothing more important in your life than the answer to this simple question, “Do you know Jesus?”
The reality is your dreams, the very material items you find worth in, put your trust in, can be the very objects that lead to destruction. If you do not know Jesus, you will get to the end of your life thinking that you had it all and realize that you really had nothing. The Apostle Paul did not sacrifice everything he had in vain. In fact, while the world sees him sacrificing possessions that seem to have such great worth, they fail to see that Paul sacrificed rubbish, empty objects, in order that he would have the greatest reward of all: knowing Jesus and being known by Him.
Do you see the surpassing worth of knowing Christ or is He just some small part of your life?