The moment you accepted Christ as your Savior, you were completely changed!
The changes weren’t visible in the mirror (except as a broad smile, perhaps) and you might not have felt any different in your body. The floating on a cloud feeling you experienced on that mountain top where you met Jesus may have ended in a crash when you were confronted by your bratty little sisters (as mine did when I returned from church camp in junior high, spiritually transformed by my encounter with God but still a rat of an older sibling), but none of this makes any difference to the fact that you are a new creation.
Old things have passed away, and all things are made new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
You see, we are well acquainted with our physical bodies, and we’re generally aware of the state of our souls which encompass our mind, will, and emotions. Those aren’t the places where the change takes place. We will get new bodies at the resurrection, and we renew our minds one brain cell at a time as we begin to feed them a steady diet of God’s Word and view our thoughts and actions through it’s prism. Over time our way of thinking, acting, and being is transformed by this nourishment.
What changes immediately, completely, and permanently is our spirit. The Bible tells us that prior to being born again, our spirit was dead. We could not know or experience spiritual things because this part of us was not functioning. When God told Adam and Eve that if they ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they would surely die, it was this part of them that was extinguished. Because they were still walking around, still talking, thinking, working, they didn’t recognize the cold dark spot where their spirit—once warm and alive to God–used to be.
We can’t see or feel our spirit. There’s only one way to know what’s going on with it. That is to look into the mirror of God’s Word. There we learn who we have become in Christ, what our relationship is with Him, and the benefits that accrue to this new life we’ve found. Here is a link to an illustrated teaching by Andrew Wommack that gives a good explanation of this.
We have been talking about becoming content and the fact that many of us are hindered by believing the lies of the devil and our own self-talk. We don’t like what we see in the mirror, and we equate that with our value to God. Ephesians 4:17-18 (NKJV) explains it this way:
This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.
In other words, if we’re trying to figure out this life by looking at our physical world and listening to the chatter and emotions in our soul, we won’t be able to live the abundant, contented life God has given us. Those sources may tell you that you are hopeless and that you will never change, but that is not what you will see in the Spiritual Mirror of God’s Word.
What does God say about you? Lots of wonderful things, as it turns out. Next time!