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When you become a Christian, not only is your heart transformed but there will be noticeable changes to your life as well.
In Ephesians4:24, Paul directs believers to put on their new nature which is a reflection of God’s image and holiness. What does that even mean?
Being a Christian means bearing God’s image
Paul says that putting on your new nature is bearing God’s image and walking in God’s holiness. He then goes on to explain 6 changes to your life when you choose Jesus.
You should be transformed!
Your Words Are Truthful
Stop lying. Don’t be deceitful. And don’t get ‘creative’ with the facts.
Just be truthful.
And the reason for this? We are all a part of one body.
You Are Not Controlled By Anger
Paul says that the sin is letting anger control you. Have you ever been overcome by anger and let it “make you” say things you don’t mean? Yeah, me too. But it’s sinful. And we need to stop because we are image-bearers.
Also noted here is how important it is to not let the sun go down on your anger. If you do, you’re giving Satan a foothold. Ain’t nobody got time for that, my sweet friend!
You Are A Hard Worker
Paul says that if you’re a thief, quit stealing. Also, use your hands for hard work.
In Colossians 3:23 he says that you should do whatever you are as unto the Lord.
Puts a different spin on life, doesn’t it? Your hard work reflects God. When you do things around your home – wash dishes, mop floors, change diapers – and you do it diligently, you honor God.
You Give Generously
And after you work hard, you give generously.
Huh. Paul doesn’t say that you work hard, save up for the future, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. He says work hard and give hard.
God is a generous giver, and being committed to Him means giving generously, too.
You Don’t Use Bad Language
Actually, Paul says “foul” and “abusive” language. And he later expounds not to use “harsh words” or “slander.”
Now I don’t go around cussing like a sailor and I’m betting you don’t either.
But do you say unkind words when you’re irked? Or do you tend to lash out when someone has let you down?
And do you ever say things that aren’t kind about someone else?
It’s hard to control your tongue.
Proverbs 31:26 says that a virtuous woman speaks with wisdom and kindness. (to read more about this virtuous woman, check out a Proverbs 31 Bible Study soaked in grace).
Your Words Are Good & Helpful
And then Paul has to take it a step further!
Our words are meant to be an ecouragement to those who hear them.
It’s not enough to not be foul and harsh, but we also have to use words that are good and helpful.
As an image-bearer, we wield the responsibility of life and death in our words.
Being a Christian means being different
When you commit your life to Jesus, He changes everything.
It’s not overnight; rather it’s an ongoing process that will never stop. Holiness is an evolution. Each and every day we should become more like Him.
“If conversion to Christianity makes no improvement in a man’s outward actions…then I think we must suspect that his ‘conversion’ was largely imaginary…” ~C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity