For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,…. (Romans 6:6)
There will come a day when every tear upon my eye will be wiped away. I will see my Lord in all of His glory and I SHALL THEN BE LIKE HIM. Wow, what an overwhelming thought. That I, Heather, the girl who struggles against all sorts of sins will one day be caught up with her Lord in the air and He will robe me in white. I will be purified by His love.
Until that day, I have one desire and calling as a Christian, to become more and more like Him. We will never grow in our newness in Christ unless we come to Him like a child, with innocence and humility.
When I was a teenager I had to go through a major swing change to improve my golf game, but once I got through the awkwardness of letting go of old habits, my game improved. The same goes for us, we must allow the Father to take our old patterns of behavior, the habits that are far from good and let Him remold and shape us into new and different people.
As I do this, my heart grows towards my Father. For this is what it means to seek His face, to simply, move towards Him, keeping my gaze fixed upon His great love for me. It is the joy of a father when a child runs into his arms for the very first time. This is the joy of God when we stop pursuing our temporal comforts to find a safe place in His embrace. When I die to my own sinful patterns and behaviors and run into the arms of my Heavenly Father His love dances over me as I am held by Him.
Letting go of old patterns and behaviors begins when we see that the LORD is truly a good, loving Father who delights in His children. When we see the best offer lies not in our comforts, but in His embrace, we are changed. Changed into people who have been set free. Changed into people whose hearts are at rest in their Father’s love.
Jesus, you love me. Today, I want to seek your face and move towards your grace for me. It is remarkable that you look at me, a sinner, and you love me. Your love for me is without limit. I do not have to fear for I am a new creation. You are my joy, strength, victory, and delight. Today Father I want to run into your arms and not my fears. I want to live in your embrace today, in Jesus name, Amen.