The Christian has a new heart and new mind. Our conscience is designed by God to be a moral monitor to give us a sense of right and wrong but it needs to be properly educated. Paul was zealous for persecuting the church but he thought he was doing right (Acts 23:1). Sometimes people look to the majority for their decisions but that can often lead people astray as well (Exodus 23:2). Our guide should be the Bible (Psalm 119:105). You don’t get a better source than God. The Bible contains our only source of information about God.
There are things that difficult in our life that we may not understand at the moment, God can use those things to accomplish good in the long run. We just have to have the patience to have the view of time that God does. When we are tried by the things of this life we need to have the Word of God in our heart to deal with them successfully (Psalm 119:105). The way we react to things is an indication of how much of God’s word we have in our heart.
We have a new master. Self should not be our master. Society should not be our master. We should not let whims and popularity dictate our decisions. We are new because we are dead to sin (Romans 6:11).
Who is your master?
You are not your own (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Deny self (Luke 9:23)
Christ should live in you (Galatians 2:20)
We have a new set of values that help us determine what is important in life. Success is measured by a number of things: work, popularity, pleasure, etc. Paul said he counts all things but loss (Philippians 3:8) for the cause of Christ. Do we set work, family or desires before God.?Do you take the time that should be devoted to God and give it to other things? Our society is so blessed that we have become accustomed to a standard of life that leads us to demand certain things. We are often busy enjoying these things instead of enjoying the favor of God. We show God in our lives by where we go, what we do, and who we engage (Philippians 1:20).
We have a new set of goals. When the Christian was under the old management your priorities were different. But under new management, your priority is Heaven (Philippians 1:23). Seek God first and then everything else we need in life will be taken care of (Matthew 6:33). My goals are Christ’s goals (Philippians 3:13-14).
Are you under new management or are you still floundering in a sea of self, unhappy and unsatisfied? You can be forgiven if your sins, become a new person, and receive a new heart. Even if you are a Christian you can lose sight of the goal and slip back into worldly concerns. All you have to do is to get back to the basics, get back into the Word and do the first works (Revelation 2:5).