For those, like myself who have decided to be a Christian and take Jesus as Lord, there is a marked change in status. One thing I have noticed is this call to renewal.
At one stage, I thought at the point of conversion, everything changes. Well, some things do like your status as a child of God and your confirmation to a place in heaven. But there is a call to renewal.
These are two Biblical references that I have been dwelling, pondering and meditating upon. The Bible verses I quote are all from the NASB version.
1 Peter 1:14-16
14As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,
15but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
16because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”
2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Additionally there are these calls to be renewed.
21if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,
22that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
23and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
2 Corinthians 4:16
16Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day
9Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,
10and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him
The underlines are my emphasis. The call to renewal is very strong. There is no indication that there is any “magic” involved and there seems to be a process that is there. This, of course, does not mean that we are in this process of renewal alone as God has promised His helper to guide us on this lifelong journey.
But there is a clear call to renewal from:
– former lusts which were committed in ignorance (1 Peter)
– conforming to the world (Romans)
– old self which was being corrupted through the lusts of deceit (Ephesians)
– old self with its evil practices (Colossians)
And there is a clear call to renewal to:
– Holiness in all our behaviour (1 Peter)
– Transformation to know God’s will (Romans)
– Likeness to God in righteousness and truth (Ephesians)
– Daily renewal (2 Corinthians)
– True knowledge according to the image of God (Colossians)
So yes, I journey. Like I’ve said many times before, this journey is not the easiest by any means but it is by far the best decision I have made.