Let us be renewed in knowledge in the image of our Creator, Jesus Christ our Lord. We are renewed in knowledge as we read His word and understand His heart for us, our position in Him, and all He has already completed in the work of the cross. He took upon Himself our iniquities and by His lashes we are healed. We can busy ourselves and miss these eternal truths which are the whole point of existence, to know and be known by Him. Let us not become overwhelmed with life, but steal away – even for a few moments in a quiet place – and behold Him. Whether it be in a closet, car, bathroom stall, or other secret place go there and steal away with the Lord. Here will our answers and purpose be found, here will His peace overtake and refresh the weary heart.
Oh beloved, the more we know of Him the more we are changed into His image. What have we need of? Behold Him. What disappoints us? Behold Him. What are the longings in our heart that remained unquenched? Behold Him. Take time to be still before Him, bow down before Him, and take Him all in. The flurries of noise and thoughts will be quieted as we lift our hearts and minds to behold Him. In such a time of complete offering of ourselves to God what is left of us? Nothing, oh blessed be the thought of it. He imparts to us His very nature, Himself so that we are from strength to strength transformed into His image. Is there a thing in our lives that will not let go of us? Is there something that we are drawn to over and over even when we know it eclipses His brilliant light from shining in full brilliant light into our hearts? Behold Him.
Be still and know that He is God in the quiet places, away from man, noise, distractions, bowed before Him in full repentant hearts and open hands we can partake of the divine mysteries, the very person of the Holy Spirit. Each time we meet with Him how we are transformed more and more, how the draw of such distractions lose their hold, until at last we realize they no longer hold sway over us. Oh Love that will not let us go, draw us deeper into Thee.
“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”
I Corinthians 1:18-31
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’ Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”