Welcome once again to Legacy Series!
Thanks to everyone who read our post last week! God bless you!
So, last week, I remember asking a few questions. My questions were, “Have you ever wondered why there are so many Christians in Nigeria today yet there is so much evil in our nation? Or let’s even narrow it down to the fact that there are so many people who profess to be Christians yet there is very little expression of God’s power in many of our churches. Or the fact that the same people who call themselves Christians in church are totally different people outside of the fellowship of the brethren. Out of the many Pastors in the country, you’d be surprised how many of them are actually making waves in God’s own eyes.”
Do you wonder why these situations exist? You can share what you think in the comment box below. However, I am convinced that one of the reasons we have so many “Christians”, not just in Nigeria, but in the world, with nothing to show for their Christianity, is the fact that there hasn’t really been an inner transformation in most of us.
Many of us have not truly encountered the power of the cross. Many are not truly born again.
As bitter as this truth sounds, it is the reality of many so-called Christians. There is no change in their character and no evidence of the new life they have received, because they haven’t even received this new life! The old nature of sin still dwells in them and therefore, they cannot do contrary, no matter how hard they try. You will only reproduce after your nature.
In case you’re in these shoes today, you’ve probably tried to live right, to experience God’s presence, to know Him better, and to be a child of God but it’s not working. There’s one great place to start:
Encounter the cross!
Genuinely realize your wrongs and acknowledge Jesus as your Lord and Saviour (see the prayer on your left). The acid test for this is, a change will begin in your life that will permeate every area of your life and become visible in your character.
Show me someone who is still as comfortable with sin as he/she used to be before becoming a Christian, and I’ll show you someone who is yet to truly encounter Jesus. Any place where the people are genuinely born-again and have genuinely repented of their old ways, always experiences a change that would result in a revival. (For references, see 2 Chron. 7:14, Matt. 3:8, 2 Cor. 9: 7-10, 2 Tim. 3:4-5).
Have you experienced the internal transformation that results in outward transformation?