New Life In Christ Is A Life Of Conscious Obedience To God

The Bible tells us that true Christians have been “raised with Christ” (Colossians 3:1). That means that when Jesus died and rose again that He purchased a future for us where we will be able to live forever with him without sins. We were formerly dead in our sins, but now we have been raised, so that some day we will be unable to sin. We are still capable of sinning in the meantime, but our future is guaranteed and our new life, our sanctification process, has already started. Something changed in you the moment you became a believer–if you really believed. This change was brought on by the Holy Spirit who came into your life. He has given you new life, that is, a conscious purpose and desire to do what is good and holy. Therefore true believers are commanded to put their focus and ambition on heavenly things, not on Earthly things.

 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:2-3 NIV).

Do not fall for the line of thinking that says you no longer have to try to do good because you are saved. On the contrary, if you call yourself a Christian, you have pledged willing, joyful obedience to God. If you do not therefore go on to serve God and seek the things of God, it calls into question the honesty of your confession. Did you really mean it when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, or were you just lying? Becoming a Christian is no excuse to stop actively seeking “the things above.” Rather, it is the greatest reason in the world to start seeking these things, now that God has given you the power to honestly pursue them.

 

 

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