We are not the same person we were a year ago. Today we are similar to who we were a year ago, but not the same. If you were to think back to what you were like a year ago, what differences would you notice? It is easy to look at a picture and recognize the physical changes, but what about the changes that aren’t physical?
We are designed to change. We were created to become more and more like Christ. Once we put our faith and trust in Jesus, we become a new creation.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Our transformation doesn’t end the minute we become followers of Christ. We do become new creations, but we have to yield to the leading of His Holy Spirit dwelling within us to continue to become more like Him.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Our transformation begins with our minds and how we think and view the world. Are we viewing the world and making decisions based on the viewpoint of a follower of Christ or based on what the world says?
When you look at how you made decisions a few years ago and what you base your decisions on today, are they the same? Do you respond to frustrations and difficult situations today the same way you did years ago?
I have been visiting family for the past week and some of the people I have seen I haven’t seen in more than a year. We spent a lot of time talking about memories of things that had happened when we were kids and even memories of our children. I was struck by how differently I view the world today than I did years ago.
I have been a follower of Christ for almost 15 years and there is a huge difference in how I view the world today than 15 years ago. What I was challenged with is was there a difference between how I live my life today versus even a year ago. Am I continuing to become more like Christ or is that an area of my life that hasn’t really seemed to change much?
There are definitely areas where I can see a significant change. For example, the same challenges exist when spending time with family, but my way of dealing with them has changed. There were times when I felt myself falling back into old patterns, but I am thankful for the transformation Christ has made in my life. Are you the same today or are you different? Are you continuing to transform your heart and mind to that of Christ? What areas of your life look more like your old life than that of your new life in Christ?
- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway.com