Did You Change?…

CatterpillarThis is a gross-looking caterpillar.  I was searching the internet for pictures for this post.  There are lots of hideous caterpillars out there!  This particular caterpillar changes into the bluest butterfly that I’ve ever seen.  And, its wing span reaches about 8 inches across.  That’s a vast difference from whence it came.

The Bible teaches us that once we accept Christ, we become new.  I love the symbol of the butterfly.  More than likely if you receive a note card from me, it will have a butterfly on it.

I was raised in the church.  I didn’t have a candy-coated childhood, but it was good.  I was baptized at the age of twelve.  I remember being twelve, watching all of my church friends go forward.  I literally felt like the older generation would stare at me as each friend walked up to accept Christ questioning (in their mind) why I wasn’t following suit.  So, I did.  I knew all of the Biblical facts… I knew the right answers.

I went through my teen years participating in youth events, being at church when the doors were open, and being on fire for Christ.  Then… well, life hit me.

My early twenties were a series of bad events and bad choices.  Some things just happened to me, some things I chose, and some just happened because of my choices.  But, as a whole, none of it was good.  None of it was leading me down a path of righteousness.  Without going into great detail, I will just say, if you can imagine it, I did it.  Hopefully, you don’t have too vivid of an imagination! HA!

I say this because today I am not that person.  While I can say that knew all the right answers, I can’t say that I truly accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior at the age of twelve.  I’m not sure that I had the capacity to make that decision then.  I did make it, for sure, in my early thirties.  I decided to give my life to Christ and experienced heart-change.

Now, I am FAR from perfect and I make mistakes every day.  But, I can tell you with certainty that I am not the person that I was, nor will I be again.  I try to live biblical principles and teach those to my children.  I hope… no, I know that if I see someone now that knew me then, they would see a difference.

Christ changes you…

My point here (yes, I have one), is how can you accept Christ and not be changed?  How can you receive the gift of eternal life and still walk the same road that you were on?  How can you take the sacrifice of Christ dying a horrible death on a cross, for you, and still make poor life decisions?  How can you…?

My answer is, you can’t.  If you have truly accepted Christ there is no way that you can keep making the same bad decisions… keep living the same sinful life.  I’m not saying that it’s easy and it’s not necessarily instant, but there’s change.  Sin should bother you.  Does it?

If you didn’t experience change when you accepted Christ, maybe you didn’t fully accept Him.  If you have never accepted Christ, I beg you to seek guidance from a Godly friend or a Pastor.  Drive to a church and talk to someone.  You can make a change… you can live a Godly life… you CAN!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

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