“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Much of my early life was spent learning how to act like a Christian. On Sundays, I would put on a nice outfit and do my best to show people how godly I was. I did really well acting like a Christian. The biggest problem was that I would go back to being myself after church. I was an angel on Sundays and a hellion the rest of the week.
The fact was that even though I had accepted Jesus, I didn’t accept Him into every area of my life. It was like me telling Him, “You can have this part of my life, but I really like these sins over here, so don’t mess with those.” That’s not the way to live the blessed and abundant life God wants for us.
When we truly break down the worldly barriers to accepting Christ, the bible says that we will be transformed into His image. (2 Cor. 3:18) The original word used for ‘transformed’ is the Greek word metamorpho, which is where we get our English word metamorphosis. I like knowing this because it says to us that accepting Christ is like a caterpillar changing into a butterfly. We are made brand new, with all of our old sins and pain washed away by the blood of Jesus.
In your life’s journey, please remember that we need to BE like Christ towards all people rather than to just act like Him when it suits our needs. Kindness, peacefulness, and love aren’t just for Sundays. Break down your internal walls and let Jesus into your heart. Easier said than done sometimes, but your reward will be greater than you can possibly imagine.
God’s blessings to you.