About seven years ago I changed my food choices and in the process lost close to forty pounds. I felt fantastic, great energy, all the things people are told will happen when a person loses weight.
I suddenly had to find clothes that I fit in, all of my “old” clothes were too big. As I looked at my closet, I decided to take a drastic step and I purged all of the clothes that were too big. I figured if I didn’t have the old clothes then I would have to stay at the new size. A person cannot go back to what they had if it isn’t there, right?
Well, as you have probably guessed, that isn’t how things went at all. I have had many of the clothes I used to wear in boxes while we restore our home. I didn’t realize I had gained, sure I noticed some things, but, my lifestyle had changed. I no longer stood at the front of the class, I was working in the customer service field.
As I tried on some of my “teacher” clothes recently, I regretted my decision to purge. My idea wasn’t a poor choice, it was however, extreme. I was not ready to get rid of all of those clothes. I may have donated them eventually, but forcing myself was wrong.
The new believer can feel the same way. We need to get rid of all of the things that used to be part of the old life to fully walk free in Christ (Ephesians 4:22-24). Trying to get rid of it all at once is a set up for failure. The more that a new believer focuses on the long list of “things Christians shouldn’t do anymore,” instead of learning about the grace that saved them, the more their new faith becomes a new shackle (Galatians 3:23-29).
When we accept Christ into our lives as our Savior, we will naturally start to peel away the old layers as we learn the new way to walk. The sizes we wore will eventually no longer fit us. In the meantime, Best Beloved, let us extend grace to each other and walk with each other as we learn what it means to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen (2 Peter 3:18).