Changed Activities

When a person comes to know Jesus in a personal relationship, the things of this world no longer hold the appeal they once held. In fact one who has been born again wonders how he or she could have ever been so taken with such shallow and harmful things. Drinking, smoking, gambling, dancing, certain types of parties, etc. are no longer alluring. Instead, gathering with brothers and sisters to worship, praise, thank and honor God fill the soul with joy and pleasure. Learning more of God’s Truth from the Bible becomes fascinating and intensely interesting. Engaging in Christian activities such as Bible conferences, Bible studies, fellowship and friendship times with other Christians, staying at a Christian camp or resort, learning about world missions, going to a Christian college or Bible Institute are all great experiences. The unsaved are at a loss to understand how anyone could enjoy things so boring. However, that is because they still have only a nature that enjoys sinful things. A true believer, on the other hand, craves the knowledge of God and longs to know more of things that count for eternity. He has a new nature that thrives on these worthwhile things. Until one is truly converted, they know nothing of this new nature. This nature produces profound changes that purify God’s children, preparing them for Heaven. In Romans 6:16-19, Paul wrote to the Roman Christians, this explanation of their transformed lives: “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. And this is exactly what genuine Christians desire! Palmer Hartsough musically explains this desire in his hymn: “I am resolved no longer to linger.” He wrote: “I am resolved no longer to linger, charmed by the world’s delight; things that are higher, things that are nobler, these have allured my sight. I am resolved to go to the Savior, leaving my sin and strife; He is the true one; He is the just one, He has the words of life. I am resolved, and who will go with me? Come, friends, without delay;  taught by the Bible, led by the Spirit, we’ll walk the heavenly way. I will hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free; Jesus, greatest, highest, I will come to Thee.” Selah! In the words of another great old hymn: “It is glory just to walk with Him (Jesus).”      Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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