This says clearly there is death to our old life and a new life in Jesus. This is real, this is powerful, this is so much of what it means to be a converted Christian.
At the same time, too, these changes don’t always happen spontaneously.
Though there are accounts of people who, the moment they gave their hearts to Christ, become instantly free from some powerful addiction, bad habits or lifestyle, the Christian walk is a work-in-progress. It’s a daily experience, a daily struggle, a daily surrender. We have to make a choice, a moment-by-moment choice, to put away the things that we know are wrong, are bad, and are sinful, and live as God would have us to. And sometimes we fail, but we are not cast off, not forsaken, because we can find forgiveness in Jesus.
That’s what God’s grace is all about.
And the great news is that we are promised that if we do these things our lives will be changed – and for the better too. Through prayer, through Bible study, through communion with God, the new life we have in Jesus becomes more and more real in us.
Through reading the Bible we will learn what God’s will is for our lives, we will learn what is right and what is wrong, we will learn to understand what is important in life and what isn’t. And we will come to know for ourselves the God who has done so much for us.
Through prayer, which is like the opening of our heart to a friend, we
can commune with God.
He hears our prayers, and He cares about our concerns, and by being faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12 NIV), we can come to know for ourselves, personally, the reality, love and nearness of our Lord, who will change us. Through prayer, we can draw close to God and receive the power promised us to put away the old things and put on the new.