In our life we are always growing in the Lord and never reach a point of complete arrival. There are always more good things about God that we will spend an eternity taking time to discover. In this life we will always battle our flesh and the enemy that will assault our identity and who God says that we are. We will always be practicing, growing and operating in the gifts that He has given us. This process of growing is marked by four main things that we must go through to really see the full potential of what God is trying to do in our lives. Information leads to revelation which will start our transformation that enables and ignites us to make God’s Kingdom manifest here on earth.
We first begin by learning through reading the Bible, books or by having someone teach us. This information is something that we can gain just like things that we would naturally learn like a language or a skill. I have heard it said, “Discipleship is a lot like learning a new language”. If you have ever tried really learning a new language you realize how hard that actually is. You have to be immersed in an environment where that language is used and be intentional about studying it. We have to do the same as followers of Christ. We need to immerse ourselves in teachings and new knowledge that can help us really learn this way of living a Kingdom Life.
A lot of people get to information and never move past there in the Body of Christ. Many will settle with a head full of knowledge but never pursue the revelation that God wants to offer to those that are truly hungry and thirsty for the deeper things that he has to offer. One of the greatest ways to allow God to turn information into revelation is through the spiritual discipline of prayer and fasting. “Fasting turns your life into a landing strip for revelation.” This is the place where we go from a simple knowledge of the truths in the Gospel and move into a deepened heart understanding.
Once we allow the Lord to give us his information that leads to revelation our lives start to be RADICALLY transformed. Everything changes when the Word begins to come alive and God really begins to reveal His character and his great love for each of us. This revelation of His love changes not only who we are but also what we desire. Once we begin to let the Lord give us revelation and begin to experience true freedom and transformation we start to experience an overwhelming hunger for more. When we get a taste of this revelation our desires change which leads to the great transformation that empowers us to really represent Christ to the world around us.
In John 10:1 Jesus calls his disciples and gives them authority. This represents the process of them discovering their identity and the authority that they possess before they were released to minister. They were told to go out and heal the sick and cast out demons. Jesus took them through a process of giving them information, revelation and they were radically transformed. The next thing the disciples did is they went out and operated in the authority that Jesus had given them. This same thing is what happens when we allow the Lord to take us through this process. We begin to realize that all of this transformation, revelation and information is not meant for us. Jesus has entrusted us with these things so that we not only give a presentation of the Gospel in our lives but we also give a demonstration. He has given us these amazing things not for us but for the world. This process is how He plans to equip us to really see the fulfillment of the great commission and ultimately usher in the 2nd coming of Christ. We are empowered by this process to become world changers and difference makers as sons and daughters of the Most High King and to do Kingdom business wherever God leads us.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. James 1:22-23