Just finishing up the book The Reason For My Hope: Salvation by Billy Graham … a very powerful and convicting book. As I was reading the afterword ‘Living Life With Hope’, I encountered these insightful words from Mr. Graham describing the conversion and salvation of the believer …
‘You must be willing for God to change your life. When you come to Christ, you are considered a spiritual baby. As you read the New Testament, you will see how the early disciples, during the first days of following Christ, faltered and often failed, They quarreled, they were envious, they were contentious, they were unfaithful, and they often grew angry.
However, as they become emptied of self and filled with Christ, they developed into the fullness of the stature of a Christian. This is what Christ empowers you to do as you walk in new life with Him.
Many struggle because they want Christ to walk with them, but believers are instructed to leave their own pathways and walk with Christ. He comes in and saves us, and then we place ourselves completely in Him. Conversion is the first step to this wonderful new journey. A new life begins the moment you receive Christ and the Holy Spirit takes up residence. During the rest of your lifetime, God will be busy conforming you to the image of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. This is “the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery … which is Christ in you, the hope of glory … which works in me mightily” (Colossians 1:26-27,29).’
Emptied of self and filled with Christ … Christ IN you … the hope of glory!
Amen, Amen and Amen!
BTW … has anybody out there visited the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC? Our family is considering a trip to his library and museum and I would love to hear what you thought … thanks!