“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” -Romans 12:2
This writing is a continuation of ‘The Real Transformer’ (Part1)…
Secondly, as a real Christian. But before anything else, let me define the word ‘Christian.’ Being a Christian is to have a deep, personal relationship with Christ. It’s not a religion, and not all religious people are Christians. Christian means without Christ, those 3 letters left are ian, meaning i am nothing. That’s why ‘runnerforchrist’ was born, without CHRIST, I cannot run and I cannot conquer places. I run and live for HIM, and when my life was over, I contribute something to humanity-proclaiming His goodness and sharing His words to others. Doing something without acknowledging Christ is like building a mansion without securing a fire insurance. Like in running, we maybe able to conquer places and outrun others, but sooner or later, our feet just made of clay can be injured and someday will retire. Nothing on earth is permanent and no one is indispensable. What matters most is how we live and glorify Him…
Christians are being mocked around, persecuted and in some remote parts of the world-killed for their faith. Why?
Because they are different. True Christians are the real transformers!
By abiding in Him, there are two things that can be seen in us that is different from the others;
1. Our Words– When I was a teenager, there’s nothing good in me. I was full of profanities, green jokes, curses and my expression was always with BS thing. I tried to change myself by slapping my mouth every time I said those words, but to no avail. I’m only hurting myself. Religious as I am and yet, living a life worthy of Him is not demonstrated in my life. I always go to church religiously, not missing a Mass, begging always for forgiveness so that I can commit sin again the next day.
Until Christ revealed Himself personally to me, he used a person in sharing what the Bible says. First time to have a Bible and so eager to read and learn it, I was so dumb I cannot understand it. What’s the matter with me? I can learn deep things easily but this one I cannot fathom the message and grasp its meaning. Until I learned that you can only gain true wisdom by accepting Him into your life. You will have His spirit within you to guide and enlighten you. Since then I have learned that ‘the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’ and was able to read the Old and New testament 20 times already and still doing it every day, and my transformation was established little by little. You cannot know the Lord personally if you will not read His love letter to mankind consistently-the Holy Bible. How ironic that men can spend so much time reading so many books, magazines, pocketbooks and yet they haven’t tried to read the Bible, not even once in their entire lives.
Real Christians are often misunderstood for our words are out of this world. Christ was stoned every time He preached 2,000 years ago. People during that time cannot accept the preaching such as, ‘Be ye holy, for I am holy; Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand;…They do not like this kind of admonition. For them, Jesus Christ was weird, old-fashioned and corny.
Invite someone for a Bible Study and no one will come but try to persuade them to attend a party where booze and wine will be served, and majority will attend. We are living in the last days, just like in the days of Noah!
If I do have one more talent other than running, saying ‘encouraging’ words is the other one. And I can say it wholeheartedly, for my words were transformed by the greatest Transformer of all time-Jesus Christ!
2. Our Actions– Faith without action is dead. Words are not enough. Real Christians must do the talk. More talking but less doing will only make you a hypocrite. So many people don’t go to church because they see so many hypocrites there, and that’s true. They profess to be Christians but their testimonies outside the church were horrible.
Real Christians have no vices because our bodies are His temple.
We don’t listen to worldly music. That’s why my ipod contains only gospel songs, and I tune-in only in Christian radio stations such as DZAS 702 AM radio or in DZFE FM The Master’s touch.
We cannot enter in God’s heaven unless we try to practice it here on earth. Up there, there’s no worldly songs, so try to listen to heavenly music as early as now such as Hillsong, Redman, Keith Green, Carman, Michael Smith, Etc. to prepare us for eternity.
We do not tolerate sin and we will not back-up anything against the principles of the Bible.
Nobody can bought our principles! We cannot be enticed by materialism, power and popularity.
We don’t have any graven images to substitute for His greatness, for God is a Spirit and everyone must worship him in Spirit and in truth. Can you see the Spirit? So there must be no graven images whatsoever. Jesus Christ taught us this prayer, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name…” He didn’t say hallowed be thy picture or graven images! Just write His Name and bow down to it. The complete version of the 1st commandment says, ” You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or in the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God… Exodus 20:3-4
Real Christians are not perfect, only forgiven. So do I, I’m also still struggling and fighting against sin. Sometimes, I lose the battle and it grieved my spirit. I do have also my own shares of foolishness and learned my lessons in a hard way. But I know someday, sin will be totally subdued-when Christ returns and rules this world a thousand years. And all real Christians will live with Him in eternity, no more crying, no more death, no more poverty, no more sin!
I do pray that as you read this post, you will come at His feet and know Him personally. He is real! I received Him free, so I’m sharing it now for free! Because God’s salvation is for everyone.
Real Christians are the real transformers! For we were in darkness before we got saved, and now we live to glorify Him.
You too can be transformed! If you will let Him into your life.
God be Praised!