Before we were saved, born again, we were in bondage to the ways of the world. We lived as the world, thought as the world and acted just the same as the world did.
But, at the moment of conversion, we were set free. We were set free from the bondage of living as the world, thinking as the world and acting as the world. It may not have happened ‘overnight’ for some, but something miraculous happens when we surrender our lives to Christ, we are a new creation. While we are still a ‘work in progress’, and will be until the day we die, we are a new man.
“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24
We will start to think differently, therefore we will start to act differently. We are now free from the ‘ways of the world’, because Jesus has set us free.
This means that we now have liberty. Not for ourselves to do as we please, but to do as the Lord pleases, or wills.
We are now free from the constraints of worldly thinking and living, which is what hinders the unsaved from doing God’s will. (Obviously because they aren’t saved and don’t want to do God’s will. Which is exactly one of the things we have been set free from.)
We are now at liberty to do God’s will, because we desire to. At least, that’s what we should desire to do.
If you are a born again believer, you have been bought at a price, Jesus’ blood shed on the cross, so you are not your own anymore.
” … the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” Acts 20:28
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 619,20
(Notice it says that our body and our spirits are God’s?!)
If this isn’t enough of a conviction to deny ourselves and our wills, then I don’t know what is..
I was going to include a prayer in this, but I seem to be much better at doing what I do, which is writing things like the above. I hope it is our desire to do God’s will and not our own. We can never ‘repay’ what Jesus did for us, but we can sure live like people bought with a price.