I was 45 years old when I turned my life over to God. I had lived my life rather loosely and made bad choices all the time. There were a lot of small sins to be forgiven, but there were more “big” sins that were forgiven.
The biggest challenge wasn’t learning to be a Christian, I had to learn to live a Christian life. The hardest part of this was learning to live without sin in my life.
I didn’t have to stop everything I was doing, I just had to learn how to put everything in a position for it to serve God.
I still drive a car, I just don’t drive it to bars anymore, instead, I now use the car to go to work, to take my children to school, to go to church, etc.
I didn’t give up my computer that I was using to find bad things, I simply re-trained my computer to do good. During the pandemic, I use my computer to watch church programs, because I can’t go to a brick and mortar church. I use my computer to do good by writing these blogs that are seen worldwide and will help people of all ages.
God didn’t intend to make the Hebrew people into mini gods, He wanted them to use the commands He had given them to enjoy life with Him. God had not asked them to give unrealistic things to Him, He simply wanted to change their lives for the better.
The people of Israel thought they had to make a monetary statement, or a grand gesture, or a physical declaration. That was never God’s intent. God simply wanted them to act the way He acted. God wanted them to walk the same way he walked.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”John 14:15-17 (NKJV)
Being a Christian does not mean you have to be a priest or a nun. It simply means you must walk as Christ walked. Once you become a believer, you will also become a disciple. You gain nothing by reading the bible 24/7. You gain nothing by memorizing the bible. You gain nothing by going around calling out sinners. That is not what God wants you to do.
God wants us to look like Him, walk through this world as He would walk and that means we need to study the bible with God. By studying the bible in a quiet place and listening to every verse of scripture, you will also hear (in your heart) what God wants you to know about that verse. Remember, satan recited scripture to Christ, what we must do is live the scripture.
If we live the scripture, we are doing something satan can’t do. If we live the scripture, we are showing the world through our actions what God has done in our lives. By living the scripture, we are not just giving a testimony, we are giving the world a glimpse of God (John 14:7-9).
Beware of people who think they must demonstrate their righteousness in public, people who give up living to show people they are righteous. People who use the bible to disgrace others in public. All these people are religious. That is not what God wants. God wants those who are humble at heart and thus look like God.
Christianity is not a religion, it’s a way of life. AMEN!!