Article No. 0080

Are You Willing To Be Crushed?

“And all of us, with unveiled face, continued to behold as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another, for this comes from the word who is the Spirit.”

2 Corinthians 3:18

Just as grapes must be crushed to become wine, and Olives crushed to become oil, so it is when we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit. This crushing is the transformation of the gospel of Christ taking place within our hearts and minds and occurs inside of us gently as we allow the Spirit to move inside of us over time. The Apostle Paul reminds us of this when he wrote in Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the ways of this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Rarely does transformation happen to a person overnight, because it takes training, testing and time. It may even be a life-long process, but you will find the value of it to be priceless.

The crushing process requires a burning desire to know and follow Jesus. Ask yourself; “How important is it for me to be like Jesus? What price am I willing to pay to be godly?”

Over time a natural flow develops out of an intimate relationship with Jesus. The more you come to love Jesus, the more you are motivated to obey and please Him. The more you start to wean away from self-love and the pleasures of the world to become wholly dedicated to Christ.

The crushing process requires discipline which develops by reading the Word of God, worshiping Him and times set aside for prayer.

When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are born again. That means that at that time, the Holy Spirit enters our hearts and becomes our Guide, our Comforter, and the one who convicts us and speaks to God on our behalf. My friend, I wouldn’t trade a single moment of my time for the crushing process I have experienced getting to know Jesus intimately. I want to spend the rest of my life submitting myself to all the crushing He has for me to grow in Him. Think about it. Are you willing to go through the crushing process, too? Just like fine olive oil and wine, it is well worth it.

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