Most Christians identify the result of receiving Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord with the blessing of “being saved”. Practically, that means they have been saved from God’s just punishment for their sins because of the forgiveness Jesus Christ won for them on the cross. Having been declared “not guilty” by the One who holds the keys to eternal life, they now have the solid hope of heaven. Without a doubt, that is the primary blessing Christ gives us when we put our trust in him. There is, however, another consequence of being a follower of Jesus – and that is the chisel, God’s chisel.
If God loves us enough to send his Son to die for us so that we can spend eternity with him, he certainly loves us too much to leave us with the sinful, destructive thoughts, conversation, and behavior which all too often permeate our lives. And so, he uses his chisel to chip away whatever would keep us from him so that we can be molded into the kind of people he uses to transform human history.
The chiseling process is rarely pleasant, but it is always productive. 3,000 years ago, God took a teenager by the name of David and began to chisel. The result? David is described as a man after God’s own heart. No, he certainly wasn’t a perfect man. But God did something in him which brought David into a very close, powerful relationship with him.
If you had to choose one sentence to describe your life, you’d be hard pressed to find anything better than, “He/she was a man/woman after God’s own heart.” Join us for one of our weekend worship services. Together, let’s study what it means to be such a person.
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