Part 3: Living a Changed Life
As the world changes around Christianity it’s becoming less and less popular to stand for the word of truth. The term intolerant is often used. Not only that, Christians can be labeled as hypocrites, often times rightfully so. However, the saint living out God’s plan for our Christian life realizes that they too have sinned and are in just as much need for a savior as the next person. There is no sin worse than the next. We’re all equally guilty and equally deserving of the punishment; an eternity in hell. While we should correct the believer who is openly living in sin, we shouldn’t judge others. We’re not worthy to judge ourselves let alone others (1 Cor. 4:3-4).
Romans 2:1-4 (KJV)
1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Repentance doesn’t just mean to show sorrow and/or remorse. It’s not just about confession. It’s about a change. You can’t walk with one foot in the world and one in faith. You’re either with Christ or you’re against Him. The moment you’re saved Christ performs a spiritual circumcision and you’re no longer identified with your old sin-filled flesh (Col. 2:11). You need to turn from your sinful ways and not be identified with that old man. You’re a new creature in Christ, a member of the body of Christ, and as a member of that church you’re expected to live that life of Christ as an example for all others to see.
Philippians 2:13-16 (KJV)
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
16 Holding forth the word of life…
We’re to be blameless. We’re to strive for perfection. Not when we get to heaven. Right now, today.
Philippians 3:12-14 (KJV)
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 1:28 (KJV)
28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
When we show true repentance and live the life that God has planned for us on earth, we become that shining light. Others see the change and want what we have. It removes any chance that your behavior can be used against God’s glory (1 Tim. 3:7; 1 Tim. 5:14). Living the life of a Christian was never meant to be easy. It’s not as simple as believing and going about business as usual. It’s about showing to others the wonderful gift that you’ve been given. It’s not just an hour or two a week when you’re in church. It’s a full and complete turn away from the world and it’s sinful ways. You very well may be mocked or laughed at, but you won’t give them occasion to call you a hypocrite and speak reproachfully about the Lord.
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