By Daphnie Lattimore, who serves with InFaith in Michigan
Have you ever been discontented with your spiritual journey? That’s just where I was for the past several years.
“There just has to be more than what I am experiencing,” I prayed. “God, show me where my problem is. I want to love You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength; I want to see Your Glory! Teach me to worship You in spirit and truth. Use me to impact the world for You.”
God is faithful when someone cries out to Him. That’s what He desires, for us to come to the end of ourselves and cry out to Him for help. God is into the change business, the transformation business, the sanctification business, and He has been performing great transformation in my life.
The first thing God showed me was the impact that He wanted to make was not on my world but on me. God is not so concerned about my ministry, my world, or my good works as He is with me, personally: “I have created you for My glory; I have formed you, yes, I have made you” (Isaiah 43:7, ESV). “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world . . . that we . . . should be to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:4, 12, ESV).
James MacDonald says in his book, I Really Want To Change…So, Help Me God, “The glory of God is what emanates from Him. As light is to bulb, as heat is to fire, as wet is to water, so glory is what emanates from the presence of God. No one has ever seen God (John 1:18, ESV), but where He is, His glory is displayed.”
God is everywhere. I can see His glory in the world around me if I take the time to observe it. But even more profoundly, God Himself dwells within me through His Holy Spirit. Whoa . . . this is an awesome thought! Where God is, His glory is displayed. Is God’s glory displayed in me? Through me?
God wants to bring glory to Himself and display Himself through me and through you. How? In everyday living: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV).
I did a study on the word “walk” in the Scriptures. What does it mean to walk in Him, to walk in the Spirit, to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to walk in wisdom, to walk by faith, to walk in love, to walk as children of light, to walk and please God, to walk properly, to walk as Christ walked, to walk according to His commandments, to walk in the truth? Walking is a process. You take one step at a time to go from point A to point B. The Bible uses the word “walk” to denote the believer’s daily conduct. We are to live in a way that is consistent with our identification with the Lord who saved us (John McArthur’s Study Bible). I can only do this through His power. I cannot do it myself.
Basically, what I have learned is that the Christian life is impossible for me to live, but Christ can live it through me when I quit trying to do it my way and let Him have the throne. I love being changed! I hope and pray you, too, are seeking God’s transformation.