Are you a Fugitive?

Posted: March 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

Someone pointed out to me recently how a mutual acquaintance had changed their name. It was interesting to consider why. The friend observed that he thought the acquaintance was attempting to change his identity so he could have a better image in the community around him. The Bible speaks of “white washed sepulchres”. It speaks of cleaning up outward appearances while the inner character remaThe ins the same.

Why are we afraid to let God change who we are on the inside? Why do we think that we can change the way we look or wear a mask and pretend to be something that we are not? What is there that is flawed in some people that they truly believe they can act a part and no one will ever notice?

If God can genuinely change our heart through Jesus Christ and transform us into what He created us to be, isn’t that better than trying in our own efforts to imitate that role? It must be incredibly exhausting to play a role and imitate what Jesus could transform us into by the power of His Spirit. The apostle Paul wrote to the church in the region of Galatia, ” I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20). Paul did not say, I imitate the life of Jesus. He said, I have turned my life over to Jesus, surrendering to Him so that He can reproduce His life in me. WOW. So much better.

Not only is the life Paul described real, authentic. It is lived in supernatural strength. The acquaintance that changed his name, well he has to be worn out. A lifetime of running from the past is like the old TV show, “the fugitive”. He can never develop close and intimate relationships with anyone, because he is running from who he is. All of us must be disappointed with who we are when we come face to face with the mirror of God’s Word. But the good news. We don’t have to run away. We can die to that person by faith in Christ, and be transformed into what God designed us to be from the beginning. If you are a fugitive, why not stop running away today. Don’t try to hide what you are by cleaning up the outside. Let God change you from within.

  1. Of Galatian 2:20, Oswald Chambers says today, “…we relinquish all pretence of being anything, all claim of being worthy of God’s consideration.” Then he says, “There is always a sharp painful disillusionment to go through before we do relinquish.”

    John wrote in chapter 1 that Jesus contained in Himself, Life, and that life he said is the light of the world. But Jesus tells us in John 3 that men prefer darkness over the light when their deeds are evil. So some who are brought into the light, see themselves, and then try to cover themselves with a phony image. Others are humbled before God and allow God to transform them from the inside out. This second type is authentic, the other a pretender.

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