Your Spiritual Snapshot

by APC on August 10, 2016

It’s saddening how the media today focuses so much on appearances—pushing people to be thinner, more beautiful, more decorated, etc. Somehow, retailers all think they have a product or an idea of how to fix everyone’s image “problem.”

We’ve become so wrapped up in this mentality, many people are obsessed with diet and exercise, desiring to meet society’s standards of thin and beautiful. It’s a common occurrence to see pictures of people’s before-and-after shots on billboards lining the highway, commercials on TV, and on social media sites. The before-and-after shots of some individuals are hardly recognizable; the people look so different.

But, while diet and exercise can be good for the right reasons, we can’t be so engrossed in how we look based on standards the society dictates. And, we should be less fixated on our before-and-after pictures. Our spiritual image is much more important:

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, KJV).

When we decide to embrace God’s plan of salvation (repentance, baptism in Jesus name, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost in accordance with Acts 2:38), He has promised to make us a new creature in Him. When we repent, the old version of us dies off, and we’re buried in a watery grave. When we arise, full of the Holy Ghost, we’ve risen into a new life in Jesus Christ.

If someone snapped a before-and-after picture of us during this process, we may not look very different. But, like the before-and-after dieting shots, after 3–6 months, we should see a remarkable difference. We should look very different.

Over time, God helps to change the way we look on the outside and the inside. He works on our spirit, heart, and mind. When His work is in progress in our life (it’s never complete), others will take notice that we are and look different:

  • We don’t conform to the pattern of the world (Romans 12:2)
  • We are different in our speech, dress, and conduct (I Timothy 2:9; 4:22)
  • We have joy unspeakable and full of glory (I Peter 1:8)
  • We allow the light of Jesus to shine through us (Matthew 5:16)
  • We wear holiness, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience (Colossians 3:12)

Our spiritual walk with God is all about maturity. As we build a strong relationship with Jesus, He will continue to mold and shape us into something that’s pleasing to Him.

Instead of capturing a before-and-after picture of the way we look on a diet, can we mentally do the same for our spiritual state? How did we look before our encounter with the Savior? How do we look today? Now the scary question…Do we look the same way we did the day He found us?

Let’s all take a moment today and complete a true and honest inventory of our spiritual reflection. If our spiritual before-and-after shots still look the same, we need to open ourselves up to allow God to change us.

Just like dieting, it’s never too late to start. Today is a great day to take your “before” shot in Christ. And, the best part? You don’t have to wait 3–6 months to start seeing a difference in yourself. Results can be immediate.