“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience. (Ephesians 2:1-2)” 

After placing trust in Jesus, a person should begin to walk in a new direction. Believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and therefore have real purpose; it isn't fitting for Christians to live aimlessly. The apostle Paul presents a dramatic contrast between who we once were and who we're to be after coming to faith. Formerly, we might not have felt too bad about sin, but now that we are one with Jesus Christ, our mind is being renewed and our behavior should become increasingly God-pleasing.

As God's children, we're also to walk weighty that is, leaving an imprint and an influence wherever we go. When we understand wo we are in Christ and commit to walking in holiness, we begin to reflect the Lord Jesus to others. The joy we have in Him becomes an expression of HIs presence in our life and evidence of our relationship with Him.

So think of all the people you cross paths with each day. You might be reflecting Jesus to some who have been blind to the truth of God. In addition, your oneness with the Lord and your unity with other believers make you an asset and an encouragement to the body of Christ too. You have no idea how many lives might be touched by yours.

I'm certainly one who believes in the value of sermons, but God's people must do more than simply sit and listen. Our life must change so that everybody who meets us will meet Christ in us. Our old life how we lived before meeting the Lord was self-centered; our new life is Christ-centered. Is that bbecoming more evident in you?

Dr. Charles Stanley
In Touch Ministries

This Month's Scripture

Psalm 92:-15 New King James Version (NKJV)

92 It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; 2 To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night, On an instrument of ten strings, On the lute, And on the harp, With harmonious sound. 4 For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands. 5 O Lord, how great are Your works!Your thoughts are very deep.