Something that has really been gnawing on me lately is the amount of people who claim Christianity, but don’t live it in their everyday life. I guess what we’ve failed to get across to the world is that along with the being a Christian comes a lifestyle change.
Christianity is about transformation… it’s about change. I heard one man recently say, “Salvation without transformation will lead to condemnation.” Meaning, there’s more to Christianity than simply saying I believe in God. Christianity is about your journey to become Christ-like. You and I are called to be different from the world.
Let me put it this way: If you’re still the exact same person you were when you became a Christian … if there’s never been any transformation in your life … then that’s a HUGE sign that something’s not right spiritually.
Sadly there are many Christians that sit in churches for YEARS and never make one effort to change, to transform into the image of Christ. It’s been said, “Sitting in church doesn’t make you a Christian,” and I say “amen” to that, but let me add, neither does just saying you’re a Christian make you a Christian. Instead, it’s about giving your life to Christ and THEN becoming a disciple … someone who lives the life.
Jesus said, “You will know a tree by it’s fruit.” Meaning, you’ll know my followers by their lifestyle. They will be different.
“Be holy as I am holy,” God said in the book of Peter. God doesn’t call for us to be sinless or perfect, but set-apart. He calls us to be different than the world. He calls us to be bold and stand out.
So, did you notice it? There’s one word in this post that stands out because I put it in bold print. It’s the word “bold.” Now you see it? That’s what God wants you and I to be today… the “bold” in a world that’s not. He wants us to stand out.
Be bold today!