Dead to old; alive to new
'In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.'
Dead to sin but alive in Christ... This is the way we, as Christians, should be living. As we all start our Christian journey, there are some things we need to kick away and invite in to live as a true worshipper. Some of the old habits have to be thrown away, and the new must be brought in.
Firstly, these are the things we should throw away to lead a life worthy of His praise:
1) Kick of the old habits
Old habits die hard, but with God as your motivation, nothing is impossible. Strive to kick away the old habits, even like lying, as this is one of the commandment God gave you: do not lie. Do not let the old habits make you commit sin.
'For we knew that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.'
2) Abolish the old attitude
When we were not saved yet, our attitudes may be quick to anger, causing us to become a person with bad attitude, sometimes even losing precious things like our friends due to our attitude. Kick the old attitudes, and start living to become a person that God wants you to be.
'The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.'
3) Get rid of worldly desires
Worldly desires and Godly desires cannot be associated together. If we do not get rid of them, we will start to be so affected to pursue these desires, for instance, money. But these will not last long. No one knows when God will take us away, and when that day comes, what would be our money, or even unhealthy relationship be valued? Nothing!
'Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.'
1 Peter 2:11
Next up, is the things we should invite in for living holy as His followers..
1) Stir up a fire for Godly desires
When we start to stir a fire for Godly desires, we will put Him first in everything we do. No matter what people may say of us, or mock at us, we know that we are doing something that will please Him and its meaningful.
'It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,'
2) Bring in a new attitude
When we are still not saved yet, we may be identified as being angered easily, or being unforgiving. After we are saved, start to learn the attitude when you are faced in any situation, to be like Jesus. Do not retaliate at any circumstances, like when you are provoked, but trust in Him that He will work out for you a plan. Live like Him, being slow to anger, forgiving to others, etc.
'May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.'
3) Let God be the leader of your current life
Good leaders produce good members. Therefore, start to follow and imitate the way that Jesus lives. Be glad to be a member of Christ, for you know you will become good and righteous, even beginning to let other people follow your ways. Be a good disciple of Christ, and also, be a good leader for others.
'But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.'
2 Corinthians 2:14
Now, do not walk back to the old ways you have once lived, but start to equip yourself with things that are Godly, and be worthy of His love for you. Do not forget the day of your salvation, how you even dread of these old ways you lived in the past. Be dead to the old; alive to the new!