2 Corinthians chapter 5 verse 17 says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” The exclamation at the end shows that this is an exciting event and a real event. When we believe the old is gone and we are new, our surrender allows God to transform us into His image. Romans chapter 12 verse 2 is clear on this, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Our thinking changes and we know God's will, which is pleasing and perfect! When we start this new transformed life we need to gather with people (the church) and help each other grow. This growth will help us get stronger so we open our heart and invite the lost to know Jesus. It also will strengthen us so we purposefully are living a way that is pleasing to God.
I love the challenge that Paul share in 1 Corinthians chapter 5 verse 12 which says, “It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning.” We can't just think our words are all it takes to have eternal life, we have to believe it in our hearts as well. When we call ourselves believers and expect people to be excited that we are, we must show our lives to be different. We also need to understand if our lives look like their lives, they will not see a need to surrender and ask Jesus into their hearts. 1 Corinthians chapter 5 verses 10-11 are clear and are something we should strive for in our lives as we live for Jesus. “But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.” See, we should want to be different and shine His light, this doesn't make us weak it makes us stronger. Let's take our new lives and make a difference, and remember our strength comes from Jesus so let's keep seeking Him and letting the Holy Spirit lead our steps. Amen