Have you been Re-decorated?

What is it that happens when we respond to the call of Christ?  Is it an acceptance of His re-decorating ideas in relation to our lives?  Is it an enjoyable transition as He “fixes up the ol’ place” and replaces the more drab areas of our lives with excitement and fulfillment?  Or is it a complete tear down of our views, our values, our passion and our goals and, well…everything?  What happens when someone truly repents of their sin and trusts Christ’s work on the Cross to settle their debt before a just and Holy God?  When we become a Christian, is there just some new decorations added to our life, or are we completely torn down and rebuilt?

I thought it might be a good idea to take a short look at some Scriptures that describe the true Christian and explains exactly what happens:

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.  And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” Ezekiel 36:25-28

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God… Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:3-6

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

“For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.  For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s” Romans 14:7-8

“…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” Romans 8:14

Anyone can put a string of verses together after pulling them from their context and build a doctrine.  But take the time to look at all theses passages in context and you will see what I am getting at here.  When someone is truly saved, they aren’t just re-decorated.  They are completely changed, or re-built.  They have a new heart and new spirit.  They live their lives being led by God’s Spirit instead of planning their own path, and even their desires are being changed to be in accordance with their Lord.  The true Christian is so radically transformed that they are described as being a “new creation” or a person that is so totally rebuilt that the process can accurately be called being “born again.”

So now real question…Is this you?  Have you been torn down and rebuilt with Christ being the center?  Or is Christianity just a decoration?  A part of your life that, like your favorite chair, looks good and is comfortable?  The term “born again” has become so common and misused that it is now almost meaningless.  But let us remember, it means the old you is gone forever, and you are a new creation.  So I ask again…Is this you?  Have you been torn down and rebuilt, or are you simply letting a feel-good message redecorate the old house?

Think about it… and pray about it.

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3 Comments on “Have you been Re-decorated?”

  1. Paul Says:

    Reblogged this on Revival & Reformation and commented:
    Great article.

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  2. revivalandreformation Says:

    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God…Rom. 12.2

    This verse would be a perfect addition to your post. The word renew actually means ‘renovate’, tear out, rip out and replace with new. The word transform is the same word that was used for Jesus when He was transfigured. Very cool…great article.

    Bless you bro.

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    • ChurchSalt Says:

      When you really think about, once God opens your eyes to sin, do you really want to just be re-decorated? Myself, the last thing I need is a new coat of paint. I need a savior to save me and my creator to tear me down and rebuild me.

      Reply

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