Growing up I can remember having a strong dislike for certain foods like squash, salmon, and onions. Whenever my mother would cook anything that included any of them, I would refuse to eat it. The smell, texture and taste of them disgust me. My taste buds at the time were just not mature enough to enjoy the unique taste of these flavors. Now as an adult, I cook meals that include these same items. How is it that I now like the same foods I despised as a child? It’s simple. I’ve changed.
I’m sure there are several things you can think of that you used to like that you no longer enjoy. There are certain places you used to go that no longer sit well with you going anymore. These changes can come with age, growth, experience, mistakes, or life circumstances. Whatever the case, there comes a point and time in all of our lives where we change. Sometimes it’s for the worse but the goal is to change for the better.
Not everyone will accept this change in your life.
When you make the decision to live for Christ, people may tend to judge you. They might make it their duty to remind you of who you used to be and what you used to do. The spirit of condemnation will make you feel unworthy of living a better life. The fact is that if you change your life around, Satan will loose his hold on you. He wants to convince you that you’ve done too much or made too many mistakes to live for Christ.
But we all know that the devil is a lie.
Though I’ve been saved the majority of my life, there was a time where I did things that gave me pleasure but now I no longer enjoy or care to participate in. At the time, the temporary satisfaction of my flesh seemed more important than my relationship with God. After all, we have grace right? Yes we do. However, the purpose of it is to cause a change in behavior, not abuse of privilege. Even as a believer, there comes a point in your walk with Christ where your flesh is tested. Will you say the things you used to say? Can a circumstance cause you to do the things you use to do? Did you allow someone to provoke you to get out of character? Will you give in to temptation or give up trying to be better?
The choice is yours.
It is a part of our spiritual walk to mess up and miss the mark. God expects that of us because we were born into a sinful world. We were not made to be perfect people but perfectly imperfect people. As we experience life by walking through pain, meeting failure and fighting to survive, God does not expect us to be the same as we were prior to. The fact of the matter is that life will change you. More importantly, having a relationship with Christ will change you.
When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are to surrender to Him. Our life is no longer our own. By doing this, we allow God to make us more like Christ. It is normal for our flesh to fight it, but it is in our weakness that God is made strong. After you fully surrender it may seem that more trials come your way, but remember that it’s only a test. God is testing to see if you have really changed and given up what you promised you would. You may also be tested to be broken. I can say for a fact that being broken will definitely change you. God has a way of cutting things out in our life that keep us from producing. Being cut can hurt you to your core, but once you allow God to heal you, you will find that you are able to produce in ways you never imagined.
So embrace the change, it’s for your good.
Lastly, if you have made a decision to change your life to follow Christ, keep your head up and your eyes, ears and heart guarded. It’s not always going to be easy but know that you are in it alone. God’s got you!
In Relentless Pursuit,
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20 ESV