By Chaplain (Capt.) Jose Rondon
Special to GUIDON
Scriptures indicate that the movement of Christ-followers was in full motion in the first-century New Testament church because those who came to Jesus could not keep to themselves his scandalous saving news.
Such news was, is, and will always be transforming to the core of mankind’s DNA for only God is our creator and he knows what we need.
In fact, in Acts 17:6, Christ’s followers, that is, those who surrendered their lives to Jesus’ message of salvation through his death, burial, and resurrection, are described as ones who “turned the world upside down.” Christ’s message is scandalous in nature because while we all naturally believe that we can control our lives to become better people on our own, yet we along the way, give up to the fact that apart from the help of the one who made us for his glory, there is no hope.
First, eternal salvation only comes from hearing the message of faith in Christ Jesus for “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). But faith must come from the spirit because “if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ” (Romans 8:9). So, second, the Holy Spirit of Christ must also work in Christ’s believers for their lives to be surrendered to Christ’s will. This daily surrender is what we call in Christianity, a process of growth, trust, and progressive obedience to Christ through giving our control to the Spirit so that he will shine the life of Christ in us.
Galatians 5:16 indicates, “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” We all, Christ’s followers, struggle with the wounds and scars of the past and the disappointments and fears of the present. But, the more we grow, the more we allow the Holy Spirit to direct our lives as we surrender to him. We will see wonders in our lives and will be inspired out of gis love to share in words and actions what God alone can do in us. Only then the world will hear and see Christ’s scandalous news of salvation in us.
(Editor’s note: Rondon is the 787th Military Police Battalion chaplain.)