Our family recently moved to a new city and state. Along with all the packing and unpacking, I had to register for new everything—new school for the kids, new voter’s card, new utilities, even a new driver’s license. By the way, did you know some states won’t just transfer your old license; you have to take a written test and maybe even take another driving exam?
That’s when I started to protest. Do you mean to tell me that even though I’ve been driving for years (with no accidents on my record I might add), I have to prove myself?
The state has the right to require every citizen to abide by its laws. And, each state is different.
The same applies when we move from an unbelieving state to a believing state. Before accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are unbelievers, ruled by our carnal (fleshly, human appetites). You know, the state of everything is about me, for me and let’s not forget “What’s in it for me?” But as believers in Jesus, we recognize that he paid the price for our sins (shortcomings and mistakes). We believe we have salvation (an exemption from the penalty of sin, which is death) because of Jesus’ perfect record.
In other words, we get admission and VIP treatment in God’s kingdom because we are now “in Christ.” God looks at us and sees Jesus’ spotless record instead of our sin. Jesus earned his way into heaven and then “gifted” his rights to us. Before Jesus died for our sins he prayed…
“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am…” (John 17:24—Read John 17 for the complete prayer)
Jesus wants to offer us a relocation package. He wants us to live in a better state of being. He wants us to move from being carnal (out of control and relying on ourselves) to being spiritual (in control and depending on God).
In Christ we can have peace, joy and life everlasting. But we have to learn how to conduct ourselves in this new state of being. The old axioms (appearance is everything, only the strong survive, money is king) don’t work. This new state operates by an entirely different set of principles.
Romans 12:2 says…
“Don’t become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants—what is good, pleasing, and perfect.” (GOD’S WORD Translation)
We change the way we think, by changing what fills our mind. When we fill our mind with the Word of God (the Bible), we overwrite the false messages put into our mind from TV, radio, etc. Reading the Bible actually changes our mind so we can tell the difference between good and evil and empowers us to make good choices.