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Transformed To Be Like Christ

“I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”

– Acts 26:17,18

I wish all fathers or those who fulfill the role of a father a happy Father’s Day. You are honored, celebrated, and appreciated on this day!

Life in general has one hard truth: transformation is not easy. If you want to become like something, or you desire to become like someone, then there is a type of suffering price that must be paid to acquire those characteristics. There is a cost for your body, soul, and mind when taking part in transformation. Consequently, the Apostle Paul said that he wanted to suffer so that he could become like Christ.

Paul was given an additional assignment of transformation that in fact seemed illusive: carrying the Gospel to the Gentiles. He indeed cared about his people, the Jews, but he wanted the Gentiles to benefit from the gospel as well. Because he knew where he wanted to go, Paul woke up every single morning with excitement and power. He said, I’m just forgetting what’s behind me. How do you do that? You push forward into the future. Before you can forget the past, you have to have a vision of the future that is more exciting than what is currently before you.

Friend, that’s why I will continue talking about the importance of being drawn by the future. The future God has planned for you is good! Despite your most difficult circumstances, the Lord’s calling on your life keeps you going. When you have a vision for your life and who you want to become you may go through tough times. You’ll find that even though there are challenges and you may suffer, something bigger that God has for you will pull you through these times.

Prayer


Father, thank you for pulling me through, even though I may suffer!

Reflection


To transform your life, have you endured suffering?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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