Step 4: Grow in Christ
It is impossible for you to get to know Jesus and still be the same kind of person you were before you accepted Him. Completely impossible. Does that shock you? It really shouldn’t. Think about it.
Could you jump into a swimming pool full of water and come out completely dry? No! That’s impossible. In the same way, it’s impossible to know Jesus without His character, His personality, His will, and His likes and dislikes rubbing off on you. Once you start spending time with Him, you’ll certainly come to admire His perfect character.
And whomever you love and admire, you become like (2 Corinthians 5:17). As you get closer to Him, you will learn to know His voice and the different ways He speaks to you. You’ll find yourself sharing the deepest parts of your heart with Him and seeking advice from Him in every area of your life. You’ll start bringing your decisions before Him, so He can help you make the best choice.
In case you didn’t know, your heavenly Father had a plan for your life since long beforeyou were born (Jeremiah 29:11). He dreamt of your happy, desirable future for so long, that He is ready and eager to advise you on what to do to bring it about. And don’t worry, He hasn’t chosen a future for you that you will dislike or find boring. After all, who else knows the future, and knows and cares about your secret thoughts and your deepest desires? So He knows what you’ll want way before you ever do.
But back to what I was saying before. Your goal is to become a new person in Jesus Christ. You already know about getting to know Him, but it doesn’t stop there. Jesus wants an on-going relationship with you. He doesn’t do temporary or short-term. He does permanent. He wants to be connected with you and just keep getting closer and closer.
And how does it happen? By learning about Jesus, contemplating Him, examining His character, surrendering your whole self (heart, mind, body, soul) to Him. The “old you” will put up a great deal of resistance against the new character that Jesus is forming within you, but as long as you stay close to Jesus and surrender daily to His will, you’ll have all the help you need to get over the rough spots.
This is how you will become a new person, a person like Jesus. Of course, you’ll still be a unique individual. In fact, you’ll be more of an individual than you ever have been before. An individual after God’s pattern, not the world’s. Your personality will be unique, as well as your own favorite color and stuff like that, but you’ll possess Jesus’ qualities: love, kindness, compassion and sympathy, patience, gentleness, a forgiving spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23). All the rough edges will be smoothed out. This character is a must if you are to live in Heaven.