They were only hearing, “The one who once persecuted us is now proclaiming the good news of the faith he once tried to destroy.”
Galatians 1:23 NET
The change that happens in a new believer can be so dramatic that it causes people to talk. Not in a bad way, but in a way that glorifies God.
The fact is that the Lord requires us to change. We become new creations. We are no longer ruled by our passions and lusts, but by a desire to be pleasing to Him. Jesus is now our Lord, and we live according to His Word through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The worrisome part is when people become “Christians” but have only come to that reason in their head. Be it they heard a sermon about Hell or maybe that God would answer their prayers. But they haven’t really changed. Maybe they cleaned up a bit, but they weren’t changed! These “new believers” want to hold on to the promises of Heaven and enjoy all this Earth has to offer too.
This isn’t a true conversion. The Father doesn’t get the glory from that. In fact, that harms the faith more than helps. The world sees hypocrites at this point.
The Christian life should be a reflection of what God has done on the inside. Can people point to your “former” days and see a difference? Shouldn’t the Holy Spirit in your life change you? I mean, this is God Himself taking up residence inside of you!
Are you changed? Why or Why not? Are you still holding on to the old life? Don’t! That life is a dead end road.
Instead, pursue Jesus with all your heart. Be willing to let Him guide you. Drink deeply of the things of God and put away things that don’t add anything to the Kingdom. You won’t regret it!
Lord, thank You for changing me. Thank You for the Holy Spirit inside that teaches me and helps me know Your will. Help me to want more of You and to actively pursue Your heart before anything else.