“When you are in Christ, you have been made new and you are continually being made new. There are always new beginnings in Me. Old things are continually passing away and all things are being conformed into His image. Your part of this wonderful process is a life of repentance and subsequent cleansing. I know that you are in the process of change. I know that you will fail to act like Jesus every moment until His completed work on the cross is done in you.
"While you are being conformed to be more like Him to others, I want your fellowship. I desire that you come to Me to be refreshed and cleansed from any attachments to the world. Repent of who you are not and I will bring you closer to Who He is. Submit yourself to the completed work of the cross. Remain under the Lordship of Jesus. If you remain humble and insignificant in your own eyes, I will make your life significant. I will form you to be able to function properly within My eternal plans. I love you!”
2 Cor. 5-17 AMP
Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ, (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!
James 4: 8-10 AMP
8) Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery].
9) [As you draw near to God] be deeply penitent and grieve, even weep [over your disloyalty]. Let your laughter be turned to grief and your mirth to dejection and heartfelt shame [for your sins].
10) Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].
What an astounding privilege it is to be given the opportunity by God Himself to have a significant life. The whole world scurries to and fro to find some sort of significance to their existence. Everyone craves to be known and embraced for who they are. Most of the time this is the driving force for all their worldly deeds and accomplishments.
If we have submitted ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus, we are known and appreciated by God for who we are. We also live in the promise whereby He will form us into the image of the most wonderful, most significant life ever lived. How wonderful it is to know and be known by the One Who created us in the first place. How wonderful it is to be able to live daily with the peace of knowing that we are significant and that our lives really matter.
I submit to Your hand, Lord,