That is a quote from our friend Bryan Boan from Samaritan’s Feet which he shared with our church Sunday morning. And that thought has been floating through my mind and my heart since then. Pretty Powerful. Would you agree?
Romans 13:12 NASB
The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Ephesians 4:24 NASB
and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
The Christian life isn’t always easy, yet when Jesus gets a hold on our heart, things being to change. He changes our desires. He changes our wants. He changes our actions and reactions. Have you experienced that?
This does not make us puppets. It happens as God renews our hearts. God is reforming us into the image of Jesus. This is the truth of working out your salvation. It really is the work of God and the Holy Spirit in our every day lives as we choose to follow God.
Notice that in both the verses above there are commands that have to be chosen. Most often change isn’t automatic. It comes as we come closer to our God. He is changing us along the way.
Even Paul talked about the difficultly of doing wrong and being influenced by our sinful nature. There is a battle going on. Surely you have dealt with this as I have.
Yet I have also experienced the reality of what God will do in us, through us and all around us. Pursue God and life will be difference. His word and His presence changes us!
Romans 12:2 NASB
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
I am not sure about your hands or your actions or your words, but mine have gotten me in trouble some times. It is my desire to be transformed by God as we submit myself Him.