A piano can send forth beautiful, harmonious melodies when played by an accomplished pianist, but when it is banged by a child (regardless of how cute the child is) it can drive us to distraction with its discordant, horrible sounds.
A Christian can be like a piano.
We can have beautiful, harmonious lives, pleasing and challenging to those we encounter . . . when we are controlled by the Master.
Or our lives can be discordant and even obnoxious . . . when they are undisciplined and controlled by self.
2 Corinthians 5:15,17 NLT
He died for everyone
so that those who receive His new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
Romans 6:11-14 NLT
Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.
Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God,
for you were dead, but now you have new life.
So use your whole body as an instrument
to do what is right for the glory of God.
Sin is no longer your master,
for you no longer live under the requirements of the law.
Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
Ephesians 4:22-24 NLT
Throw off your old sinful nature
and your former way of life,
which is corrupted
by lust and deception.
Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
Romans 13:11-12 NLT
This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is;
time is running out.
Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here.
So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes,
and put on the shining armour of right living.
Questions I need to ask myself
# Is my life a challenge and a
stepping-stone to faith in Christ?
# Or is my life a stumbling-block?
It IS either one or the other.