It is somewhat of a paradox, really, when Christ takes the lead in our life, there is an inevitable change in our attitudes, habits and behaviors. It simply cannot be helped. Often times, after the newness of the change wears off, we begin to think that our behavior is what makes the difference in our lives. That simply is not true. We are saved by grace–PERIOD! It is a gift from God, not of works–lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). Interestingly, though, as we follow and trust him; we begin to be transformed into his image. That transformation changes our view of the world, of our lives and of our mission.
If one follows Christ, they become his ambassadors. 2 Corinthians 5:20. As we represent him, we begin to think and act like him. The great news is that the old is gone. We do not look back, we simply move forward. As we do, we do not let our behavior define us, instead, we let Christ define us. He sees us through a father’s view and wants only for us to be free and enjoy a full and meaningful life. To do that effectively, we live subject to authority. We are kind, respectful, peaceable and considerate. We are not door mats to be walked upon, instead, we are banners of recognition of the difference Christ can make in a life.
Finally, we are not perfect. We continue to struggle daily with the trials and temptations thrown out by the world. We cling to Christ like a rock in the middle of a rushing river. Knowing all the while, that without him–we can do nothing. It is never the behavior that defines us–it is always our faith and humility that transforms us!
God Bless You
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.