Becoming a Christian is a work of a moment. It happened when you gave your life to God and he rescued you from sin and death. But being a Christian is the work of a lifetime. It takes time for God to transform us into the people he wants us to be!
You are at the beginning of an incredible journey of following Jesus. What difference does it make to us to live as a Christian? UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
When you become a Christian, the ownership of your life changes hands. In the past, you were the boss, doing things in the way you saw best. For many people, this meant looking after themselves above everything else.
But now you have a new boss. You have given your life to Jesus Christ. This is what it means to be a Christian-Jesus is now in charge, as the Lord of your life. The apostle Paul said: ‘If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).
What does this mean in pratice? It means a new way of liee. As we submit our lives to God and become his servants, we find an amazing new freedom. We are no longer the slaves of sin-instead, we are free to do good. As Jesus said, ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full, (John 10:10).
We start to live out the life of what Jesus called ‘the kingdom of God’. In simple terms, this means accepting that God rules us as our King. Jesus spoke about this way of life in his famous ‘Sermon on the Mount’, which you can find in Matthew chapters 5 to 7.
It also means keeping the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17. The Ten Commandments aren’t very popular today-our society has turned them into the Ten suggestions! But these God-given rules were never intended to restrict or spoil our lives, as many people today think. Instead, they act like a government health warning on a pack of cigarettes: ‘doing these things can damage your life’.