Getting to know God, the Transformer
Getting closer to God is not an uncommon resolution or goal for believers. For most, this may entail reading the Bible more often with a fervent enthusiasm to be radically transformed by studying the word. It’s important to know that spiritual transformation and growth is a lifelong process of studying the word, worshipping, praying, etc. Although many Christians engage in such spiritual disciplines, many still seem dissatisfied. These acts of obedience are supposed to draw us closer to God but we may be missing one of the most important points.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
This verse reminds us that we can only be transformed by renewing our mind. That means first seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness (Matthew 6:33). You can’t be transformed if you don’t know Who is transforming you.
Getting to know The Transformer
If you haven’t already, introduce yourself to God in a conversational manner, or a prayer explaining your desire to get to know Him. Like meeting a new friend, first, introduce yourself to him by saying your name.
“Hi, my name is ….”
God is the God of many names, so let’s first get to know Him by name.
God would reply: “Hi, my name is…
The Messiah, The Gardener, King of Kings, The One, The Way, Yahweh, Almighty, The Alpha and Omega, The Most High, Abba which means the Father.”
These are some of the names that scripture reveals about the father, but getting to know God is also about getting to know his nature. Once we learn his names we should dig deeper and get more personal, just as we would when developing a new friendship. Throughout the book of Psalms, we can learn more about the character traits of God.
God is known to be the “God who satisfies.” Nothing else can satisfy because nothing else is everlasting. Psalm 63 also describes him as being:
“Sanctuary”-He is not insecure./
“Strength”-He can carry heavy burdens.
“Glory”- He is beautiful and makes beautiful things.
“Faithful love”-He loves and His love is “better than life.”
“Helper”- He helps you through everything.
“Wings”- He protects you.
David in Psalm 63 is a beautiful picture of someone who seeks God and His goodness. The natural response to learning God’s word, his names, and his character is transformative in itself. The psalmist even explains that getting to know God creates a new person who longs to “rejoice”, “glorify”, and “meditate.”
So, embark on a more intimate journey with Christ with the goal being to get to know His character. Get to know God as The Father. The whole Bible is waiting to be opened, waiting to be explored.
As you thirst to know more about his character, God will take you through different seasons and events to allow you to experience each individual character trait.
If you already have fallen in love with who God is, remind yourself of these traits daily to treasure them in your heart. Learning God’s nature and His traits will radically inspire you to become Christlike and it will renew your mind.
Both meditating and seeking the Father combine to create the perfect recipe for transformation because you grow to know the One whos doing the transformation.
Contributing Writer at Christian En Vogue
I am Bianca, a high school senior, who loves Jesus! My love for Jesus inspires me to write in order to help girls, of all ages, to discover their true identity and deepen their relationship with God. Always remember, you are so loved and so blessed.
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