I love a good sale. Sales are rare here, and I miss them. Good sales are so rare that when I actually find one, I post about it on social media! Last week there was a buy one get one free sale on facial tissues. I couldn't believe it! Usually the idea of a sale here is 6 cents off the regular price. 6 cents... really.
One of my favorite types of sales in the States is after-holiday sales. Everything before the holiday is pricey, but the day after the holiday is a smorgasbord of discounted items. It makes me squeal with delight to see 70% off or more. I simply save the items for the next year. What a difference it makes after the holiday is over!
Unfortunately, we have taken this discount mentality into spiritual realms as well.
After salvation, we have created this day-after-salvation discount Christianity. We get a true bargain with salvation and we celebrate it, but after salvation Christianity has been marked down 70%, 80%, 90% off. What a bargain! No sacrifice! Cheap and easy!
But there's a problem with this thinking.
Psalm 19:14 "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."
When a person is truly saved, there is a change. One of those changes is a new desire to please God and a hatred for sin.
David wanted his words (the things that people can observe) and the meditations of his heart (things only God can observe) to please his redeemer. David wasn't perfect, but that desire and pursuit to please his God was present.
If a person who professes salvation can still live, act, think, and do things just as he or she did before salvation without thought of pleasing God and without conviction for sin, there is a problem.
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
The old creature loved and embraced sin. The old creature lived for self. But the new creature has changed. When the new creature sins, there is conviction. The new creature has the Spirit of God dwelling inside producing fruit.
Galatians 5:22 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."
As one of my favorite preachers has said, "When you get something as big as God living inside you, He's got to stick out somewhere!"
I have heard the statement, "Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven." That is true, but there is a difference in a true born-again believer. They have a desire to please God and sin doesn't hold the beauty it once did in their eyes.
Salvation is more than just a "get out of jail free" card. It produces a new creature. True salvation puts the person on a new path.