Do you know how to listen to God’s voice and welcome the Lord?
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“Eagles can live more than 70 years. Their lifespan is the longest among the birds in the world. But who has ever thought that they have to experience the rebirth when they are 40, namely the metamorphosis. At that age, their claws aren’t sharp or agile as before and they even can’t catch prey; due to the aging process, their beaks become curly, to the extent that they can almost touch the breast feather; and their feathers become heavy because of calcification, which makes them have difficulty in flying. At this point, if they want to keep on living, they would fly to the summit of a high mountain, nest on a rock and perch there, pecking the rock with their aging beaks until the beaks fall out. And then they would pull their hard nails out of their claws with the new beaks. After regenerating new nails, they would pull out the calcified feathers one by one … While they are experiencing such bloody metamorphosis, their life is revived day by day. Finally, the metamorphosis enables them to live another 30 years.”
After reading this story, I was very shocked, and I also believe everyone will have the same feeling as me. Eagles are valued as the king of birds. But who has ever thought that they actually need to experience the transformation to gain a new life. Only after they have experienced such a test, can they gain a new life, spreading their wings and flying in the sky.
The eagles’ second life gives me an inspiration: The path we Christians walk is the path of being reborn. What we experience is a process from knowing sins to confessing sins, and at last removing sins. Thesaid: “Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the ” (John 3:3). The Lord’s words tell us that if our old life doesn’t die, we cannot gain a new life, much less enter into God’s kingdom. If we want to be reborn and changed into new people and enter into God’s kingdom, we can’t be satisfied with standing still, keeping those outmoded rules and laws in our life, or having some outward changes and good behaviors. Instead, we must step forward and attain transformation in our sinful nature. For we, though having been redeemed by the grace of the Lord Jesus and enjoying abundant grace from Him, still live in the situation of sinning each day and confessing each night, and are still caked in grime. The Bible says: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrew 12:14). “But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be you holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16). From these verses, I came to understand that God is holy and righteous, and thus He absolutely doesn’t allow filthy and corrupt people to enter into His kingdom. So, how can we get reborn as new people and achieve purification? This question had puzzled me for years until one day I read two passages of words from a gospel website. “A sinner such as you, who has just been redeemed, and has not been changed, or been perfected by God, can you be after God’s heart? For you, you who are still of your old self, it is true that you were saved by Jesus, and that you are not counted as a sinner because of the salvation of God, but this does not prove that you are not sinful, and are not impure. How can you be saintly if you have not been changed? Within, you are beset by impurity, selfish and mean, yet you still wish to descend with Jesus—you should be so lucky! You have missed a step in your belief in God: You have merely been redeemed, but have not been changed. For you to be after God’s heart, God must personally do the work of changing and cleansing you; if you are only redeemed, you will be incapable of attaining sanctity. In this way you will be unqualified to share in the good blessings of God, for you have missed out a step in God’s work of managing man, which is the key step of changing and perfecting. And so you, a sinner who has just been redeemed, are incapable of directly inheriting God’s inheritance.” “In the past, His means of salvation was showing the utmost love and compassion, such that He gave His all to Satan in exchange for the whole of mankind. Today is nothing like the past: Today, your salvation occurs at the time of the last days, during the classification of each according to kind; the means of your salvation is not love or compassion, but chastisement and judgment in order that man may be more thoroughly saved. Thus, all that you receive is chastisement, judgment, and merciless smiting, but know that in this heartless smiting there is not the slightest punishment, know that regardless of how harsh My words are, what befalls you is but a few words that appear utterly heartless to you, and know that, regardless of how great My anger, what comes upon you are still words of teaching, and I do not mean to harm you, or to put you to death. Is this not all fact? Know that today, whether it be righteous judgment or heartless refinement and chastisement, all are for the sake of salvation. Regardless of whether today there is the classification of each according to kind, or the laying bare of the categories of man, all of God’s utterances and work are in order to save those who truly love God. Righteous judgment is in order to purify man, heartless refinement is in order to cleanse man, harsh words or chastening are all in order to purify, and for the sake of salvation. And thus, today’s method of salvation is unlike in the past. Today, righteous judgment saves you, and is a good tool for classifying you each according to kind, and ruthless chastisement brings you supreme salvation—and what have you to say in the face of this chastisement and judgment? Have you not enjoyed salvation from start to finish?” These passages tell us that if we want to get reborn and become new people, we must receive God’s judgment and experience chastisement and refinement. 1 Peter 4:17 says: “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God.” We mankind have been corrupted by Satan for several thousand years. Our corrupt dispositions, like arrogance, selfishness, craftiness, and maliciousness, have already been implanted into our blood and bones so deeply that we would produce conceptions about God at any time or place and resist and betray Him. So if we want to be changed into new people who are after God’s heart, we must accept God’s judgment which is like knife and sword and experience various trials and refinements. Only through the hard process of getting reborn and being resurrected, like experiencing the “eighty-one difficulties,” can we cast off our satanic dispositions, become new people, and enter the kingdom of God. Proverbs 1:32 says: “the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.” As true Christians, if we want to get reborn and gain life, we must possess the courage to change our current circumstances and have the determination to get reborn, and accept the work of judgment and purification done by the Lord when He returns. Only in this way can we genuinely be reborn. Of course, the transformation is painful, but it is also necessary. After we gain our new life through the transformation, we can understand the true meaning of life and enter into glory with Christ.
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