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A Journey Toward Perfection

A Journey Toward Perfection

by Helen Kamenos

ASIN: B01MYQZ2SP

Publisher BookBaby

Published in Christian Books & Bibles, Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction

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Book Description

Two thousand years ago, a fire humbly and meekly exploded into our reality, which changed our world. That fire was Christ. Take the Journey Toward Perfection and be transformed. By knowing the perfect love of God, you will undergo a metamorphosis. You will become the butterfly that God always meant for you to be.

"I truly was blown away by A Journey Toward Perfection." (Mary C. Blowers)

"This book was written with a pure heart and soul...It was a wonderful experience." (Rabia Tanveer)

Sample Chapter

Lights of the World

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5: 14-16)

The life of the man called Jesus of Nazareth is well documented not only by Biblical sources, but also by Jewish and Roman historians and scholars. Various ancient writings verify that He lived 2,000 years ago and was crucified with criminals. His brief three year ministry changed the world forever. Was He a prophet, a wise man, a good man, or actually the Son of God as He claimed? What was it about this man that caused so many to follow Him and even be willing to die for Him? Those who believe Jesus was simply a good man, wise man or a prophet must still be able to explain why He would claim to be the Son of God. This contradicts sound judgment. Today, a man who might claim to be the Son of God would be considered mentally unstable, at the very least, possibly even insane. Jesus is an enigma to many, yet to Christians, He is the Son of God, part of the Godhead, part of the Holy Trinity. This is difficult for our limited minds to fathom, yet as Christians, this is our faith. We believe that Christ was fully God and fully man, our Creator and our Savior.

During His three-year ministry, the disciples traveled with Him day and night. They knew Him intimately, and they believed His claims. They believed that Christ was God, one person of the Trinity. The disciples believed Him so faithfully that they willingly died horrible deaths rather than renounce their faith. They believed He rose from the dead on the third day. They claimed to have seen Him bodily after His resurrection, not as a spirit, and claimed to have eaten and drank with Him. If the Roman and Jewish leaders wanted to dispel the rumors that Christ rose from the dead, and thereby crush the Christian movement, all they had to do was to produce His dead body, yet they never could. At first, some claimed that the disciples stole His body, but this would have been impossible with Roman Centurions posted to guard the tomb. Besides, would anyone be willing to die for what they knew to be a lie? This rumor simply faded away. Instead, the martyred disciples were the lights of the world that ignited a fire that burns to this day.

To unbelievers, the Resurrection and Christ’s claim to be the Son of God must be the greatest lies ever perpetrated by one man. To Christians, Jesus is the light to which we are all drawn. He is the light that gives us hope. He is the light, which even unwittingly draws unbelievers. That light is centered on love; “He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love” (I John 4:8). Even unbelievers acknowledge the power of love. God is the source of love. But why would an all-knowing God descend from His throne of glory to become a man in a world full of evil, knowing He would be rejected and even crucified? Christ became man to save us from the curse of sin and to offer us the gift of eternal life. He became a man to allow us to “see” God or to know Him, to invite us into a relationship with Him, and to teach us how to love by being a role model for us.

God dwells in a distant place, in a spiritual dimension. He is not of this world. We cannot experience Him through our physical senses. Only certain prophets had firsthand knowledge of God because He chose them. He spoke to them, sometimes audibly, and sometimes through angels, dreams or visions. When Christ became man, He entered our dimension, our reality. The more we understand Christ, the better we understand God. “Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:8-9). By getting to know Christ, we can know God.

As Christians, we also know that Christ became a man to die for our sins, so we can be reconciled to God. When we become reconciled to God, we will be given the gift of eternal life, dwelling in His presence. He is our Savior. He is our Intercessor with God. He became the sacrifice required for our forgiveness. This was a pure act of divine love. Our sinless Christ died an unbearable death for us because He loves us and desires a relationship with us. He accomplished this through the Holy Spirit, which dwells within all believers. Christ explained to the disciples that it was necessary for Him to go to His Father, so He can send down His Holy Spirit to live in us. Through the Holy Spirit, we can experience God firsthand. He listens to us and speaks to us. He comforts us, guides us and loves us. He imparts the knowledge of God to us and grants us wisdom. The Holy Spirit blesses us and works through us to bless others. Developing our relationship with God is key to living a fulfilled life in Christ.

Jesus also became a man to teach humanity genuine, pure, and perfect love. Jesus taught us how to love by the way He lived His life. He is our role model of divine love. Jesus sought out sinners, the needy, the poor, and those discarded by society. He healed the lepers, the blind and the deaf. He forgave all, even those who crucified Him. He felt compassion for the thousands who came to hear Him speak, so He fed them. He felt compassion toward the dying, so He raised them from the dead. Jesus never refused anyone. He freely gave to all who sought Him out and to all who asked anything of Him. He came as a servant to serve. His love extended to everyone, even those who hated him. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

However, God’s love for us extends beyond this one act of sacrifice. To fully comprehend God’s love for us, we need to understand the man, Jesus. We need to understand His journey through life, what He endured, what He suffered. We can only truly grasp His love for us by walking in His shoes, by traveling life’s journey as He did. God wants us to become like Christ, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren" (Romans 8:29). By walking in His shoes and living life as Christ did, we can actually experience God and His immeasurable love for us. God becomes real to us. As a result, we become lights to the world, proof of God’s love. Our lives become evidence of God, confirmation of His existence, proof of His goodness.

Christ taught His followers that “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). According to Christ, we are to illuminate others to the truth, the truth of God, and we are to do this by being examples, following in His footsteps. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). As Orthodox Christians, we are taught to strive to be like Christ. We have been taught that if we make Christ our role model and try to live as He did, we would live life as a true Christian. We would love God, and we would love others as ourselves. However, many do not fully comprehend the depth of love, which was intended by Christ. We may be aware of His parables and teachings, but for some reason, there is a disconnect in our daily lives. We embrace Christ’s teachings, yet the challenge is for us to live out His teachings on a day to day basis. “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matthew 26:41).

It was Christ’s love for us, which ignited His early followers and which ignites our faith today. Christ became a man, not only to save us, but to teach us how much God loves us and to teach us how to love. By following Him, by following His example, we, too, can experience His divine love. As Christians, this is our purpose, our life-long journey. Our journey is toward Christ, toward an intimate relationship with Him and toward His divine love. Our journey is toward a loving God who extends His open arms to us even as Christ’s arms were extended on the cross. Jesus invites us into a personal relationship with Him, which allows us to mature as Christians. As we choose to follow in Christ’s footsteps we become transformed. This journey is life-changing. We will begin to develop attributes of Christ that will support us through the trials and tribulations of our lives. We will experience God’s presence in our lives and His love for us. As a result, we will be able to develop a true bond with God, a union that will fill us with His divine love. The deeper our relationship to Christ becomes, the more we will desire to be like Him. This desire sets us on the path toward Christ. That path is our journey toward perfection, toward becoming more perfect in Christ. This journey is toward God.

The journey toward perfection is for all those who desire to experience God’s divine love in their lives. It is for all those who seek God and desire an experiential relationship with Him. This journey is for all those who wish to discover God’s peace and joy. Christ gave us a road map to follow through the Beatitudes given to us at the Sermon on the Mount recorded by Matthew. The Beatitudes actually outline a path for us to follow in Christ’s footsteps. By following this path toward Christ, God is revealed to us and becomes a beacon in our lives. Two thousand years ago, a fire humbly and meekly exploded into our reality. That fire was Christ. For those who seek God, that fire continues to burn brightly in our hearts today.

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Excerpted from "A Journey Toward Perfection" by Helen Kamenos. Copyright © 2016 by Helen Kamenos. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
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Author Profile

Helen Kamenos

Helen Kamenos

Helen Kamenos has been an educator for over 26 years. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Subsequently, she earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. She served as a middle school teacher, high school counselor, and principal of a private school. She dreamed of writing a book one day, but never imagined she would write a book about God.

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