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Monday, September 1, 2014

A Different Look

We continue looking at the nature of Christianity. Yesterday we looked at Personal Touch, but a heartfelt experience of salvation isn’t the end of the story. A touch from Jesus leads to a Personal Transformation.

The Touch of Jesus leads to transformation. If we say we’ve been touched by Jesus but there’s no transformation, John says there’s a problem with that. The Scripture says if any one is in Christ they are a new creation. The Apostle Paul wrote about this transformation to the Church at Corinth

Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.  “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. - 1 Corinthians 6:9-12 

Notice he doesn’t say that’s what some of you ARE but some of you WERE. There’s been a transformation. If we say we’re on the team but we never put on the uniform, we never make it to the game, then there’s a problem.
Here is where the difference is between watching the game and playing the game, between observation and participation. If you claim to be a Christian but your life looks no different than those in the world, then you’re fooling yourself. Christ has called us to a life of moral integrity, honesty, sexual purity, kindness, & faithfulness to our promises. Amen?