“A Christian is a radically changed person the moment he or she trusts Christ.
This doesn’t mean we become ‘saints’ in practice overnight. It does mean a new creation — a new principle of life — has been planted within us by the Holy Spirit, and we can never be the same again.
– Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace
Yesterday morning we sang the song once. Twice. Three times.
Each time, I was moved.
“I’m no longer a slave to fear/
I am a child of God”
That usually means something. The song was meant for me.
But it’s one thing to sing the words. And another thing to mean them.
I do know I’m a child of God. I totally believe that.
But no longer a slave to fear?
Um, I’m not there yet.
It can make me question whether I’ve been truly transformed into Christlikeness. I know I’ve been fully justified, but what happened to being sanctified?
It’s a process. A long one.
But a real process, nonetheless. I mustn’t forget. Because the truth is, I have been delivered from bondage to fear. And as I grow in understanding and practice of that, I continue to see more of the transformation.
“In justification we rely on what Christ did for us on the cross. In sanctification we rely on Christ to work in us by His Holy Spirit. In justification, as well as regeneration, God acts alone. In sanctification He works in us but elicits our response to cooperate with Him.”
– Jerry Bridges
I want to fully depend on what Christ did then.
And I want to fully cooperate with what he’s wanting to do now.
So I continue singing:
- to declare it as truth,
- to preach it deeper into me,
- and to claim it as a promise that will be fulfilled.
“You split the sea so I could walk right through it /
My fears were drowned in perfect love /
You rescued me so I could stand and sing /
I am a child of God”
Even though I’ve been changed, I still continue to change—sometimes in ways I can see, and sometimes in invisible ways that lie beneath the surface.
Either way, I’ll never be the same again, praise God.
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In what ways have you seen change? In what ways do you still long to see change? Please share in the comments.
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