Change :: #Write31Days #5mfw {Day 26} www.boldlytanya.com

Photo by Matt Collamer on Unsplash

“For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision. No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by God’s Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people” (Rom 2:28-29 NLT).

//Christianity is so simple, but also so difficult because it is so personal. It isn’t a religion passed on through heritage or ceremony. The fact that our parents were Christians has little more to do with our faith than our baptism if we have never personally encountered Christ or answered his call. It is all just wrapping on a neat Christian package.

Also, our actions don’t result in saving faith. Anyone can obey. I don’t mean people want to obey; I am saying they are capable of it. Many Christians obey because they desire to be good, law-abiding citizens of the eternal kingdom of Christ. They believe if they are good enough, or do enough, or obey enough of the laws, the favor of God scale will tip in their favor. You can find them when times get tough. They are the ones thinking they did everything right and deserve better or more. I have been there. I know this from experience.

God breathes life into his people. They hear his call and answer. Then change happens. Not superficial change. Not trying harder or obeying more. But a profound change within the heart. A change that only occurs through the ministry and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Yes, spiritual change produces obedience, but it isn’t the defining characteristic of conversion. The telltale sign is the desire to please God above all else. It’s the realization that if you never receive another blessing from above, you have more than you deserve in Christ’s atoning sacrifice through which you have eternal life. It is the overwhelming need to repent and sin no more in light of your redemption. Of course, sanctification is not complete at the moment of conversion. It is a process, and it takes time. But the mark of a Christian is the continual circumcision of their heart, performed by God. (Deut 30:6).// It is not an act of man. We cannot change and will not change on our own.

 

I am participating in Write 31 Days and 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes. My free writes are between the slashes (//). Find more of my free writing for this series here.