I am so excited to teach Quest For Wholeness again! This study is personal because it has so much of my own journey from a pit of sin to freedom in Christ. I do not teach as if I am a person who has arrived but one still on a journey to wholeness. I don’t believe that in our flesh, blood, and bones body we reach the ultimate place of wholeness, but we continue to press towards that perfected state. Paul said in Phil.1:6 that we can be “confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Yesterday a friend and mentor shared a Scripture she felt God had laid on her heart to speak to me. I knew that God was giving me a word of encouragement because the Scripture she spoke was one I have treasured and prayed so many times throughout my journey. It was a personal word to me from God. That is what God does in a daily walk with Him, He leads, guides, encourages, and speaks personal words to us that affect our daily life.
While our wholeness is completed in the heavenly realm, Scripture pictures an earthly progressive transformation taking place that continues throughout our earthly existence. I guess that’s why we can’t say we walked an aisle once or once said a prayer and now we are fixed.
We who are in Jesus Christ are called to a daily life with Christ.
- Jesus taught daily in the temple. (Matt. 26:55; Luke 19:47
- Jesus taught His disciples how to pray saying, “Give us this day, our daily bread.” (Matt. 6:11; Luke 11:3)
- The early church in its infancy - “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. .And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”( Acts 2:46-47)
The early church pictured authentic faith. What makes faith authentic is the daily-ness of our faith. Daily living with Christ means our daily lives are affected by Christ and we are truly living what we believe. Why was the Lord daily adding to the church those being saved? Because they lived daily in Christ, for Christ, and through Christ, and people could see the authenticity of that faith in daily lives.
Quest For Wholeness is about being on a daily journey walking with Jesus throughout life until we step from dirt to gold and are transformed into the perfected state of His image. What a glorious day that will be! But until then, the most glorious day we can have every day is in His presence.
In what ways does Jesus daily affect your life?