Everyone is new to something at one point in life or the other. From trying on high heels for the first time, first day in a new school, first date to first day at work, there’s a moment when you stop yourself to wonder if you are at the right place or doing the right thing. But with time, you realize that practice indeed makes perfect- you feel comfortable again.
Everyone was someone else before we encountered Christ for real- and thanks to the gift of salvation, we are born anew. We are no longer who we used to be. But as we would have all realized by now, our relationship with God is a walk-one which takes commitment, time, effort and practice.
One might look really cleaned up but one’s gait can give him or her away. Just as one can tell when someone’s wearing high heels for the first time, one may not totally get his or her act together right after accepting the Lord in his or her life.
It may feel frustrating to still be fighting the temptation of going back to pick up the habits that we lay at His feet when we walked up to the altar. To be completely transformed in the ways of God takes a determined mindset and God’s grace.
Just as a baby’s first steps is guided with time, don’t expect to start this new life all by yourself. Reach out to the people around you who are already matured in God to help you out. And don’t feel insecure when you have thoughts of going back- it is just the enemy’s way of making you feel you’re not cut out for this new life and that is not true. And when you feel the urge to pick up the cigarette, the drink or whatever you used to do before, just say to the enemy boldly that you have Jesus in you now and so he has no hold on you any longer. Declare you are a new creation in Him and only righteousness, peace and joy is your portion not his luring pleasures and he’ll flee from you.
And for those of us who have grown in the Lord, let’s pray that God opens our eyes to identify the newborns in God and help them in the baby steps till they get on their feet. Let them feel part of us; nothing works better than making someone feel belonged to a family where they are not supposed to. This way, we won’t lose them to the enemy and this dark world again.
Have a great day, folks!