Lent led us to the most reverential times of our relationship with God. We just celebrated one of the most significant aspects of our faith as followers of Christ- widely known as Easter or the Resurrection. It is the most significant aspect of our faith and incubator of our eternal hope. Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ there will be no basis for our faith. Indeed, Jesus came as a human, lived and suffered greatly. He was crucified, buried and resurrected on the third day as the scriptures clearly states. Every believer that has experienced the new life in Christ is a living witness to the transformative power of God.
As I meditate on the huge sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf so you and I could have a relationship with God, the wonderment of the power of transformation is fascinating. It is Jesus sacrifice that made our metamorphosis possible as His followers. You see brothers and sisters; the resurrection made our change a reality. Metamorphosis quickly brings to mind the butterfly. The butterfly undergoes radical changes from starting out as a maggot to adult fly, to a caterpillar and then the final stage of butterfly. Each of these stages is crucial to the development and growth of a butterfly. Skip a stage and we have an incomplete metamorphosis. Two life applications stir in my spirit about metamorphosis and our lives as followers of Christ.
First is the fact that as followers of Christ, we must be willing to undergo radical change to experience the transformative power of God that can eternally impact people. The cost associated with such transformation is not something that is popularly talked about in our times. There is a high cost to carrying that kind of transformative power that changes lives. Are we willingly to pay such a price for the benefit of souls? This is a question we must answer individually. My prayer is that our love for God will be so strong and deep that it makes the cost irrelevant and a joyful service to our Lord.
Secondly is the fact that as followers of Christ, we must live a fragrance-giving kind of life. The scriptures explains this in 2 Corinthians 2:15, “ For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which ascends] to God, [discernible both] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. We wear a heavenly perfume that should be felt by both the saved and unsaved. Because we smell-Jesus to everyone, the fragrance of His presence should remain on those we encounter. This is what making a difference is all about. The tarry of His presence is then able to do a work in the hearts and lives of people. Often times this heart work is not readily visible but eternal. God is Sovereign and He is a surgeon that performs bloodless surgery in the hearts and lives of people all over the world.
Brothers and sisters, just like lent was God’s invitation to experience Him at a deeper and higher level, resurrection is God’s special invitation and permission to carry His presence and make an impact in our world. Let’s rise up! God Bless you!
For The Cause of Christ,
Dr. Johnson Obamehinti