The ultimate goal of the Christian life is that everything
we do bring honour and glory to God. The Bible informs us that when we receive the gift of eternal life we become, “a
new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” This transformation should be evident
in every aspect of our life. The people that we associate with should be different, the places that we frequent should change,
and the things that we do should identify us as a followers of Jesus Christ. No longer should we live our lives to please
ourselves, instead we should live our lives for the one who died to give us life. . .Jesus! He is the perfect pattern for
a life that pleases God, therefore we should strive to be like Him.
There is a popular slogan represented by the letters “WWJD”. It stands for “What
Would Jesus Do?”. This is a good question to ask ourselves when faced with life’s decisions, “What would
Jesus do?” As we live our lives with this in mind, people will begin to see a difference. They will begin to see Jesus
However, identifying ourselves with Christ in this manner is not an easy undertaking. Because
we are sinners, we have an enemy within. The first obstacle that we face is ourselves. We do not naturally want to do things
that please God. This problem is compounded by the fact that we also have an enemy from the outside, Satan. He doesn’t
want to see us please God either. With these two forces pulling us away from doing what is right, it is an uphill battle to
do the things God wants us to do. A battle that we could not win by ourselves, but thankfully God has given us some divine
aid in the person of the Holy Spirit. As we yield to the Holy Spirit’s control in our life we will be able to overcome
the tendencies of our sin nature and the outside attacks of Satan.
Indeed, the Christian life is a battle, and just like any battle that is fought, there are casualties.
Many Christians give in to sin constantly and end up bearing no resemblance at all to their commander, Jesus Christ. On the
other hand there are those that emerge from the battlefield as heroes. Christians who can say along with the Apostle Paul,
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” For these loyal soldiers, their
faithfulness will not go unnoticed. God promises rewards for those who faithfully serve Him.
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Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is
a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
- II Corinthians 5:17