Can others tell that we are Christians? Do they see a difference in us? How are we acting when life gets tough? Are we willing to surrender our all to the LORD Jesus?
I’m very much challenged by these questions. Since the beginning of this year I’m going through a major transition. Oh, I had been so afraid of that change, but it has been such a blessing for me. I wouldn’t trade my position nor turn back to the old way for anything in this world!
No, I didn’t just wake up one morning to say, Today is the day! Not at all. I wrestled with this issue for a long, long time — not days, weeks, nor years but nearly two decades.
First I casually stumbled across this topic. I asked one of my friends, who was a big defender of this belief, to share her opinion with me. No, she could not convince me. She tried reasoning from the Bible, but what she said did not make any sense to me. I think what has put me off that time was the way she lived it. Her lack of joy in all of this. She was talking the talk but not walking the walk.
Then I saw a beautiful item, one of its symbols and bought it. At home I looked at it and was pleased with myself. I proudly thought that I made one step forward and that I’m on the right way now concerning this matter. There was something wrong in all of this…
The issue grew more and more into a problem for me. I didn’t know what to think, and I went asking for help at all the wrong places. Yes, some of them shared parts of Scripture with me; however, these verses — which, by the way, were very much taken out of context — did not convince me at all. In fact, they couldn’t move me one little bit.
To answer the questions I asked at the beginning of this post:
Following our salvation, people should notice a difference in us. Some of our friends and family members will find the change positive while others think it strange that we do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation any longer. Fact is that between then (the time of our salvation) and later on (the time of our glorification) transformation (sanctification) needs to happen.
The question remains: Are we willing to surrender our all to the LORD Jesus? Let’s state it this way: Are we surrendering our all to the LORD Jesus? Why? Why not?