Have you ever tried to learn something, but it would just not click? I can remember countless times where I would be sitting in school, wrestling with a new topic because there was no click happening. Eventually, however, an “Oh!” moment would occur, and all of a sudden the topic I was once struggling to receive, would be received in full with clear understanding. In other words, a revelation occurred: a previously unknown truth received dramatically. The first step of The Journey (my journey) is taken when the revelation of God’s Son is gifted to you by His Spirit.
I came to faith when I was extremely young (eight), and was baptized that same year. Following this, my life didn’t seem to change drastically. So, throughout the rest of elementary school, middle school, and for a small amount of time in high school, I lacked comprehension of true Christian reality: that “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21 ESV). Not that I didn’t have faith, rather, I was simply a child, both literally and metaphorically (in the faith). I could have done nothing else except “long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation — if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2:2-3 ESV) However, this continuous cycle did not remain forever; rather, I was dramatically changed through a reinforcing revelation of God’s grace. Once my freshman year ended, I was invited to go to a Christian summer camp for a week. Using this camp, God worked through me in extraordinary ways. The faith I had received, through His Spirit, was solidified and strengthened at the humbling recollection of Jesus’ death on the cross.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV
The gift of God is faith. Think about that… The greatest gift we could ever receive is faith in Christ. Many times have I heard others diminish faith to something “uber spiritual”. No! It is only through faith, we receive God’s grace: Jesus’ propitiating death for the sins of the entire world. Through faith, God’s Spirit molds us into our original design: the image of God (perfectly portrayed in Christ). Through faith, we are drawn back, out of brokenness, to the Creator: God the Father. No other gift is greater than the absolute truth that Christ died for you, and rose three days later, conquering death for eternity.
Following Christ in faith is everything. Do not let that reality slip by you; rather, embrace it! Know this truth,
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”John 3:16-17 ESV
Know that God sent His Son, Jesus, to die specifically for you! However, don’t just know this, but KNOW it. Do not be caught in a cycle of lame faith. Instead, let this truth be engraved on your heart, so much so that others can tell of your intense love and desire for Christ.
So, to wrap up, revelation is receiving a previously unknown truth with a dramatic response. In the Christian walk, revelation is receiving Christ through faith granted in the Spirit by the will of God, met with an intense desire to follow Jesus dramatically. And following Jesus dramatically is simply going all in for Him. What does going all in look like? That is what The Journey will talk about next week.