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Come As You Are, But Don’t Stay As You Are

Have you ever had a life-changing experience? You know, one of those events where you go in as one person and leave as another? 

Once it’s over, you can’t stop thinking about it. Your whole life has been changed. 

It’s probably the biggest topic of conversation when you get together with friends. 

It permeates everything

The most life-changing event as Christians is the day we were saved. Now, I know some of us don’t remember a distinct salvation moment and that’s not what I’m talking about. 

When we are saved, our lives are drastically changed. Paul says we are a “new creation.”

Unfortunately, we don’t always live changed lives. We might act like Christians on Sundays, read our Bibles every day, and mumble a few quick prayers before meals. But the rest of the week, we act just like the world. We consume media without discernment–reading their books, watching their movies, and singing along to their songs. 

We take the promise of “come as you are” and make it into “stay as you are.”

Yes, we must come to Jesus wretched sinners. In the words of an old song, “If you tarry ‘til you’re better, you will never come at all.”

Jesus says in Luke 5:31-32, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come ot call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

But here’s where the issue arises. 

Our churches don’t push us to become more like Jesus. No one confronts the sin we allow in our lives, and as we talked about a couple of weeks ago, we begin to justify it. Watching that movie isn’t as bad as what other people are doing, so we’re okay. 

We live good lives and are decent people. That should be enough right? Just put your faith in Jesus and live however you want?

No!

Salvation is life-changing! Once you’ve experienced it, you cannot remain the same. It’s impossible. 

Paul says in Romans 6:4 that we are to “walk in newness of life.” 

We, as Christians, have been given a new heart. God has taken our sin-hardened heart and replaced it with a heart of flesh. 

Think of it this way: We used to be walking down the wrong path in ratty, old shoes. Our shoes fit our lifestyle. 

Then we got new shoes–a new heart–and our old path doesn’t match our new shoes. We can’t keep walking the road we used to. 

Christians cannot walk as the world walks. 

You have a new life. So walk in it! 

Demonstrate that you are different. You cannot remain the same after you meet Jesus. 

So yes, come as you are. But leave differently. 

Walk in newness of life. 

One Comment

  • Jules Verne

    Thanks for the reminder that personal holiness really does matter even if it seems like no one else is focused on it. We are not to be conformed to the world, but transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2) – and that transforming comes from God’s Word…. not what from us doing what the world is doing.

    I’ll paraphrase what I’ve heard attributed to Martin Luther: “Salvation is by faith alone and not by works… but saving faith is never alone!”

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