For the most substantial part of my life, growing in Christ has been a significant aspect of the change wrought by Jesus in my life, and the life of any serious believer.
The moment Jesus Christ accepted me into His life, my name was written in heaven’s book, and immediately some noticeable changes began working in me. And some not so remarkable also were baking in my heart.
We Bible toting people tend to forget that the New Birth in Christ instantly changes many things, this is due to the fact as new Christians we are, according to scripture ‘babes in Christ” and thus Peter tells us to “As baby’s to desire the sincere milk of God’s word that we may grow thereby.”
Today’s featured persons are living examples of this working of Christ in redeemed humans. Note what growing Christian Kris Kristofferson says on the matter.
“Johnny Cash's legacy, I think if it were one word, it would be 'integrity.' He was the original wild man and grew from that guy that was doing all the crazy things that you read that rock n' rollers do to being someone who was like the father of our country, you know. He was a guest at the White House. He was Billy Graham's friend.”
The lyrical expression comes to mind: “Many hearts have been changed, many homes rearranged since Jesus came into my heart!” Speaking to new Christians, Peter wrote:
1Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (NKJV).
On May 10th this year it will be 57 years since Jesus came into my heart and I entered into His life. It took a while for His integrity to take root in my life, for as many before me, I needed a tremendous touch from the Master’s Hand. No one is all they can be, and I claim no exception to the rule, but do, as did Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, note that I am not the man I used to be, still not the man I could be, and not yet the man I will be, but thankfully, by His grace and mercy, I’m not the man I was 57 years ago!
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