Clipped from: http://godlife.com/en/30-day-next-steps/day-1-personal-transformation
Day 1: Personal Transformation
What actually happens when I commit to following Jesus?
Written by John Beckett
Series: 30 Day Next Steps
Tags: Personal Transformation
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
In making that critical decision:
- You acknowledge your sin of living independently from God.
- You repent, turning toward God and away from your former way of living.
- You receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.
Here is how the Bible describes this transformation: out of darkness, into light; out of bondage, into freedom; out of death, into life.
Wow! Once you commit to following Jesus you would think cloudy skies would part, sunshine would flood in and all your troubles would evaporate. But this was not my experience. I didn’t feel a lot different on day one. Soon, however, as I allowed Christ to guide my thoughts and decisions, I discovered a whole new peace, confidence and inner joy.
Suppose you buy a new car but are surprised to find the battery missing. Well, you could simply admire your prized possession or even hop in and imagine driving it. Yet without a battery your fine new vehicle would stay put. Our lives without Christ are like that. But with Him as the “power source,” we are able to be what He designed us to be.
Be encouraged, even if you don’t see immediate change. With Christ in you, change will absolutely follow. You are a new person. You’ve begun a new journey.
What one thing will you do today to draw you closer to God? Need ideas? Talk to a Christian who can help.