Change: Slave to Child.

Change is not a prerequisite to salvation, as religion often claims. There’s no prerequisite to salvation other than being dead in sin.

Change is what the Spirit of God brought upon the slave-to-sin to make them alive in Christ so that they may start living freely and abundantly as children of God.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5)

Now, that is change.

Change is what you are to experience from inside out to start living abundantly as a child of God in Christ Jesus.

Change is not what religion is conveying you to do in the attempt of becoming acceptable to God.

When Christ entered this world in flesh like ours, God proved to us that he’s not ashamed of us.

When Christ said that, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”, the whosoever meant that it didn’t have to be a Hezekiah, or a Moses, or a David anymore.

God is not in the business of adding 15 more years to your life as he did to Hezekiah just so that you’d be contemplating death for the remaining 15 years of your life. Hezekiah wept bitterly out of disappointment. He didn’t expect to be dying so soon, especially after what he believed to “have done” for God.

Christ came to set us free from our fear of death. A slave knows that his owner has the authority of death over him, and is therefore never at peace. But a child knows that his father will face anything for his son’s sake, even death.

Eternal life is what God freely gave us in Christ, not 15 years to be mourning the thought of our own death.

Change from a slave to a child is what God had in mind when he authorized His Son to face death for the entire world.

“God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:19)

Here’s change:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Out with slavery in sin. In with childhood in God. Thanks to the blood of Christ. Thanks to the resurrecting life of Christ, and not anything that I could have done.

Change is not what religion is conveying you to do in the attempt of becoming acceptable to God.

Change is what you are to experience from inside out to start living abundantly as a child of God in Christ Jesus. It all starts with being given a new identity by God. Being aware of such identity, accepting such identity, and acknowledging such identity as the son and daughter of God through Christ Jesus.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” (1 John 3:1)

Just because the world doesn’t know you, just because the world may fail to accept you, just because the world may fail to acknowledge who you truly are, that’s no excuse for you to play along and no excuse for you to seek to deny yourself who you are in Christ Jesus.

Someone may not know who you are. But God knows who you are. You are His Sons and Daughters. That is first and foremost of importance. What is secondarily important is that you know who you are in Christ to God.

Change is for you, not against you. You were newly made by God with Christ to live abundantly and freely as a child, and no longer in fear as a slave.

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