There’s a lot of talk about the change that needs to happen when someone becomes a Christian. Repentance is the activity of reviewing one’s actions and changing course from past wrongs. It also involves a commitment to personal change. That’s exactly what happens when we are baptized for the remission of our sins. Peter described being baptized and becoming a Christian as cleansing your conscience before God (1 Peter 3:21). Paul described change as getting rid of the old self and putting on the new (Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10). In each one of these cases, change is necessary to truly devote yourself to Christ. But what does that look like?
In Romans 12:1,2 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 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.”
- Time: Don’t expect change in your spiritual life to happen overnight. Just like we can’t expect a newborn baby to grab a fork and knife and start cutting into a ribeye steak, we can’t expect a weak Christian to mature overnight. Transformation takes time.
- Effort: Don’t expect change unless you are willing to put in a little work. Faith requires action. If you think your spiritual life needs help, what are you willing to do to get it to where you want it?
The Hebrew writer had to get onto his readers for not growing and not continuing in their spiritual growth. “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.” (Hebrews 5:12). What are you doing to make sure you are eating the solid food of God’s word? What are you doing to make sure you are transforming yourself into a stronger Christian?
A caterpillar isn’t much to look at, but with time and effort, a beautiful butterfly emerges. Your spiritual life can be beautiful, too. Start the transformation now.