2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
The beauty in becoming a true Christian is the change that comes with it. God, in His love, actually changes us when we become Christians. As His Holy Spirit dwells within us, we have the luxury of not only seeing our lives and purpose in a different way, but pretty much everything around us. We become a new person. What do I mean? Well, let’s look.
- Our thoughts change when we become Christians. Ephesians 4:23, Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. As a Christian, I don’t entertain the thoughts I used to. I recognize their wrongness and have to make the decision to refuse to dwell on such things.
- My life is no longer about me being the center of attention. My decisions are no longer about how only I am affected by them, but how others are. Philippians 4: 3, Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
- Desires change as we become new people. The things of earthly value begin to diminish in appeal as you grow in your relationship with God. And obtaining the newest thing or things in general just doesn’t seem to matter anymore. 1 John 2:17, And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
- Your purpose in life takes a turn. You begin to realize how much you matter and how much serving your purpose matters for God’s Kingdom. 1 Timothy 6:12, Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.
- Lastly, your view of sin changes. You practically ache from the reality of the distance that sin has placed between you and God. You can’t help but thank God for the opportunity to repent for the sins committed. Ezekiel 36:31, Then you will remember your past sins and despise yourselves for all the detestable things you did.
And while there is much more that takes place as we become new persons, these are just a few of the things that have taken place in my life. Won’t you accept Christ today to experience all this and then some?
Today is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2 For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.
I could be wrong. I could be overreacting. But in my opinion (key words), there’s just too much of a lack of diversity in several areas of our lives. Maybe it’s just my being in the South that plays a part in this.
I believe we have all these unique people created in God’s image to be able to engage with one another. I don’t think He made us different to stay away from one another. I think it’s our differences that enable us to creatively cultivate ideas and concepts.
This is a short post, but I was curious to see if anyone else felt that the lack of diversity was an issue? I’m used to being the only black person in a lot of places, but should I have to be?
I could be wrong. I could be right. I just wanted to invite people to think about whether or not this is an issue where they are. It may not be. In fact, I hope it’s not. However, I do believe that if you can easily count the people in a room that look like you, it just may not be diverse enough.
If I had more faith
I could move mountains.
But maybe I should serve
And wipe off the water fountain.
I could change the world
If I had more power
Or maybe I could change it
If I volunteered for an hour.
Think of what I could do
With a little more money
Or maybe I could offer tissue
To the person whose nose is runny.
Think of the possibilities
If I had a better title
Isn’t the title of servant
The most vital?
Wishing I had a better car
Is that so wrong?
Only when there is no gratitude
In your song.
More and more
We think that’s what it takes
When really it’s more love
That makes the world great.
Romans 1:25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.
The last part of this verse stands out to me. It’s like Paul said, excuse me for a minute, I need a praise break.
Stay mindful. He’s talking about the foolishness of sin. He’s giving us a report on all the wrongs of idol worship and sexual immorality and really, he’s telling us about the filthiness of sin. And right in the middle of it all, he gives God a shout out, saying, God created everything and is worthy of eternal praise! Eternal praise is everlasting adoration. And God deserves it all!
It’s almost like the more he talked about sin, the more God became worthy of praise. The more disgusting the thought of sin became, the more pure God became. The more he talked about the unfaithfulness of man, the more obvious it became that God was faithful.
That’s how it should be with us. We shouldn’t feel like it’s necessary for God to do something in our favor in order for us to praise and worship Him. We should take a praise break simply because of who God is, and the fact that He is nothing like us! Hallelujah!
Can we change these commercials to praise break?
I really want to approach the story of Christ’s crucifixion from a different perspective. I’ve been in prayer and asking God, that I not approach it as a story I’ve read many times, but as a part of my own biography. It may not be an event that I saw, but it was for me that He was there. It’s not just for the history books, it’s for my present and future.
The day that Christ was crucified is a pinnacle day in my own life story. Although it is a Bible story from many years ago, its purpose was and is for me. His crucifixion and resurrection are the events that make His life as a perfect sacrifice the final piece. Therefore, these events are what make my salvation the final piece.
To separate this story from my own personal biography would be in a sense, to separate salvation from my own narrative. And without salvation, without forgiveness, without God’s love, I am nothing.
I welcome you and all that’s in between
A new year
Time to conquer new fears
Time to leave behind
The negativity that comes to mind.
A new day has begun
There is no time to run
Away from my dreams
I’m playing on the winning team
I’m blazing a new trail
And I fail, I fail.
But I won’t rest
Not until I’ve done my best
Not until I’ve given all that I’ve got
Not until I’m in the victor’s spot
Whoever said it can’t done
I’ll prove them wrong just for fun.
And even before the task is complete
I’ll thank God for allowing me to meet
Each day with His grace
That’s how I’m in the winner’s place
With the strength He provides
I can face any tide.
And when it’s all said and done
I’ll praise Him that I’ve won
I’ll give Him glory
For my success story
And when they ask me how could this be
I’ll tell them it’s God in me.
What if Jesus took one less lash across his back and I had to live with that one extra lie? Or what if he said no to being flogged, and that was my impure thoughts unpaid for? Jesus had to go through it all so that I could experience all that God has for his children.
Couldn’t he just come and die? Well, yeah, but what would the cost have been for you? Jesus paid my sin debt by going through every bit of the painful process of shame, beatings, and crucifixion. It all was necessary because ALL of my sins needed to be forgiven.
So what if I lived today as if that one lie I don’t tell is one less lash on Christ’s back? What if I lived today like I understand someone died so that I could live eternally? What if just one day at a time I lived not thinking that works could get me into Heaven but thankful that works don’t keep me out?
I guess what I’m saying is, what if for one day, I stopped living for me and actually starting living for God?