To be filled the the Spirit–not unto salvation, but transformation–is to be infused with all He is.
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
Let us not deceive ourselves. We cannot be righteous on our own. We simply don’t have what it takes. We need Jesus! Consider these two analogies based on 2 Peter 1:3-8.
1. A person has an accident while driving across a bridge and winds up going over the side. The vehicle stays at the bottom of the lake for several years. Jesus comes along and pulls the vehicle from the lake (faith leading to salvation). He then begins the process of restoration. The first thing He does is pull the engine and get all the water out of it and replacing it with the proper fluids (goodness). The next thing He does is get the electrical system working (knowledge). He then makes sure that the wheels, tires, shocks, and brakes are in proper working order (self-control). The upholstery is next (perseverance). The dents in the body are finally taken out and any damaged parts replaced (godliness). The paint job is last (mutual affection). Finally, the vehicle is ready to drive (love).
2. A person is diagnosed with cancer, which has metastasized. It’s everywhere and in stage 4! Jesus comes along and begins treatment. He first gives the person hope of a full recovery (faith unto salvation). He then changes the person’s diet to starve the cancer (goodness). The cancer in the brain is removed (knowledge). The cancers around the internal organs are removed (self-control and perseverance). The skin cancers are then removed (godliness). The cancer of the eye-lid [my dad had this] is removed (mutual affection). Finally, the person is declared whole and complete and ready for service (love).
With Jesus in us, we have Him working on our character all the time. The more we allow Him to change in us, the quicker He can get to the “cosmetic” parts of us (the parts that are discernable to us and to others). He is in the process of making our fruit good:
33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.” Matthew 12:33
The next verse is quite revealing:
34…”For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
Let’s fill our hearts with Him by allowing Him to fill us with His Spirit. He doesn’t want to replace us; He wants to transform us!
“…conformed to the image of His Son…” Romans 8:29
“…transformed into His image…” 2 Corinthians 3:18
“…renewed in knowledge in the image of its [our new self] Creator.” Colossians 3:10
Let’s get to know our Creator and allow Him to transform us. Let’s begin RIGHT NOW!!!
Take my heart and form it. Take my mind, tranform it. Take my will, conform it to Yours, to Yours, O Lord.