Now that I am a Christian…
Enjoy this excerpt from Walking in God’s Grace…
Now that I am a Christian should I feel different or see a difference in my life?
Before you became a Christian, while you may or may not have been a good person, you could do nothing to bring glory and honor to God. You could not even choose to live as though God existed. All you could choose was to live in a way that took you from one pleasure, comfort and approval by another.
You probably did not even have a desire to do so. Ephesians 2:1-3 expresses the reason for this as “In the past you were dead because you sinned and fought against God. You followed the ways of this world and obeyed the devil.” Your best works and efforts to God were nothing more “than a filthy rag” (Isaiah 64:6).
We are spiritually dead, not able to understand or comprehend the things the Bible says or anything really about God, himself. This is not how we were created and as a result that entire part of us is considered dead. Now because of our condition what might be in our eyes acts to pacify an angry God are nothing more than ratty, filthy rags. Now that you know Christ as your Savior you will probably have different interests. You will have a desire to glorify or worship God. At first you may just find yourself reading the Bible or looking forward to going to church to worship God.
Know that this is a sign of change and that you now have the ability to not only think Godward, but a desire to be in community with others who have also accepted Christ as their Saviour. It is also a sign that you are also choosing to make choices through the Holy Spirit enabling you that represent the work God is doing in giving you new abilities to serve Him and bring Him glory. New abilities through the Holy Spirit to think about the truths of the gospel and the Bible as the Holy Spirit helps you to do so. These actions will result in the ability to act in ways you could not before which will show others the passionate love of God and His grace. This may occur right away or slowly begin to appear as changes in your life.
As these changes occur in your life you will soon be able to bear fruits (actions, thoughts, words) that are a result of the Holy Spirit’s work in your life. This is “the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23, ESV). This is in contrast to the works of the flesh (the ways we used to think, act and speak that were based on the choices we once made) which are “immoral ways, filthy thoughts, and shameful deeds.
They worship idols, practice witchcraft, hate others, and are hard to get along with. People become jealous, angry, and selfish. They not only argue and cause trouble, but they are envious. They get drunk, carry on at wild parties, and do other evil things” (Galatians 5:19-21). So as you can see there should be a clear difference in how you lived before you came to Christ and how you should live now that you are the Bride of Christ. (Ephesians 5: 25-27 compares our relationship to Christ to the relationship a husband and wife share.) cont…
Walking in God’s Grace: Practical Answers to Tough Questions
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