Being a Christian and a true follower of Jesus Christ means giving up some if not all of your privileges.
People should be able to tell a difference between you and a pagan by obvious things like:
1. Your appearance,
2. Your clothing,
3. Your conduct,
4. Your body (How you treat it).
The purpose of God’s word is to transform you to a new person, 2nd Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” and it’s time to follow Him, follow his behaviors, actions and ways.
It’s unfortunate that one will call himself a Christian and saved yet drinks alcohol nonstop, smokes non stop, do things like the past, no transformation from the old to the new.
Let’s not lie to ourselves, if you say that you are ‘saved’ but yet still live your old life and zero change, friend you haven’t encountered the REAL SALVATION.
If you are a newly converted Christian (less than a year), keep pushing hard in letting go of some of those habits, if you are past 1 year, still in the old, friend, stop lying to yourself and seek help in prayer from your Christians friends, your local pastor and your church community. Paul’s transformation when he encountered christ was instant, he didn’t wait for the Holy Spirit, he took the decision to make a u-turn in his life, you have to make a decision as well of stopping and making that U turn.
Also, it’s unfortunate to see some Christians lives being like that of a pagan who knows nothing about the word of God, you see marks on their bodies, you can’t tell anymore what is a woman’s behavior and men’s behavior, wondering what are we going to tell our children. You should do not do things to your body that a nonbeliever finds okay. to us, it’s not okay. make a U-turn now.
Friends 2nd Corinthian 5:17 reminds us that “ This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Romans 12:2
We may know God, His word, be able to teach it, BUT LIVING IT is what will determine your salvation and that you are a true follower of Jesus Christ. Living the word of God from Genesis to Revelation without any excuses that this passage was meant for them and not me. All scriptures should be interpreted on how they affect us today.
To be saved means FOLLOWING JESUS CHRIST, Having true salvation where you are different or you become different from that person who does not know anything about Christ.
The salvation experience is an intensely spiritual encounter. Because we are spirit, our lives are transformed from the very core. The Spirit of God does a transformation that isn’t visible to the human eye. The change is instantaneous, and heaven rejoices that we have come home. Luke 15:7.
It’s time now, to make the decision to truly follow Jesus Christ and accept Him as your Lord and savior.
God bless you.