Saved, now what?
Praise the Lord everybody, rejoice in the Lord and glorify Him in all we do!
Most new Christians believe that once they confess and accept Jesus Christ, that that’s it; they are Holy men and woman of God. Truth is, the work of consecration is just beginning. It’s true that the salvation part happens instantly, but the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit happens over time. The Word of God says in Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.
Once you come into Christ, the work that God put into bringing you unto Him continues until the day Jesus returns to get His Church. Look at it this way: when you catch a fish, you still must clean it and prepare it before it is ready for consumption.
In 1st Corinthians third chapter, Apostle Paul talks about how we as “new babes” in Christ remain carnal and unable to be fed the “meat” of Gods word. We still think with our carnal minds and act carnally in our lifestyles. We must rebuild ourselves on the foundation of Christ and His word. If we do not, we may still make it into heaven but “smelling like smoke” as Paul puts it. As you walk this Christian walk you will notice that God will begin to point out things concerning your character and lifestyle. He will begin prodding you by His Holy Spirit to begin to make changes in those things, slowly bringing about the sanctification He is after. God is trying to mold us into the image of His son, Jesus Christ, and it is a construction project that goes on for our entire lifetime.
Paul also talks about another reason why we Christians remain under perpetual construction in 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! As new creations in Christ we must unlearn all our old ways of thinking and doing things while we learn the ways of Holiness as we try and acquire the mind of Christ with the coaching and leadership of the Holy Spirit. We are born in sin and shaped in iniquity according to the Word of God, yet He requires that as Christians we need to be Holy now, as He is Holy.
As men and woman of God, we must be prepared to be constantly probed and purged of those deep sins and flaws that keep us from getting closer to God. Things that are buried so deep inside you that you might have not even known they were there. So next time you see a brother or sister in Christ doing something or saying something questionable, remember they too are still under construction. Listen to them and be sure you are communicating with them in love with understanding. Be a part of the build-up, and not the take down.
God bless you all and thank you Brother Darrell Darden for your obedience to the Lord and using your gifts to glorify the Lord.