What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it?Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:1-11, NRSV)
Signed. Sealed. Delivered. I’m yours!!!
So when we become God’s child, accepted by Him can we continue as we were?
It is the before and after pictures, you see all the time on Facebook and the internet. And sometimes I wonder if they are really pictures with no filters and if the change is there. I actually just read an article that talked about an Australian personal trainer that debunked before and after photos to sell products by doing a before and after change in 15 minutes!
But this change, the signed, sealed, delivered change of God, the change that Paul is discussing with the Romans, is not a fifteen minute make it look like something has changed. When God comes into your world, your world changes, and you can not continue the path you were on before.
You have been changed and the world should see it.
So be raised as a child of God and allow His light to shine in and through you.