Living the Christian life is a process

By: Lisa Wilmore

 

Scripture to ponder: But ye have not so learned Christ; if so be that ye have heard him, and been taught by him, as the truth in Jesus: that ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man…and be renewed in the spirit of your mind (Ephesians 4: 20-23).

People should see the difference between christians and non-christians based on the life christians live. However, “living the christian life is a process”. Being born again takes a moment of faith, but christian living happens over time. Living as a new person in Christ does not mean that you will automatically think the best thoughts or even exemplify the best attitude in the world.

Neither does it mean the moment you accept Christ you will not sin or make any mistakes. However, over a period of time you will be able to see the difference in the old you and the new you.
Once we have become christians, we receive the holy spirit. The spirit of God works in our lives and helps us through patient practice to be all that God has called us to be. Although the outward man is making mistakes and perishing, the inward man is being renewed day by day. Being a christian not only entails confessing Jesus with our mouth and believing in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 10:9), it also means conducting ourselves the way Jesus did when he was on earth. He showed unconditional love to all. His spirit now dwells in us leading and guiding us. Through the holy spirit he guides us “into all truth” and directs our hearts and minds.

My brothers and sisters, if living the christian life is a process, then the question to ponder is: Are you making progress? Although you may not be where you want to be or even where you should be, there should be signs of progress in your christian life. Paul reminds us that “for the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do…” (Romans 8:19-21). So, life changes may be slow, but it comes about if you trust and obey God.

Paul recorded in the above mentioned text that we must put off the old and put on the new life in Christ as we are renewed in the spirit of our mind. It is a lifelong process, but overtime you as well as others will see the difference between the old person and the new person.