Perhaps you know someone from your high school days who was unpopular, made fun of or could never get a date. Then, at your 20-year class reunion, you see this same person. They’ve changed. They worked out or went on a diet and turned into the most beautiful person you’ve ever laid eyes on. Or, perhaps, they are no longer made fun of because they aren’t the dork in school; instead, they now run a highly successful business. This person is completely different, yet, if you really know them, you notice that this person is still the same. Yes, now they are gorgeous and could have any man in the room, but inside they are still self-conscious, uncertain and feel ugly compared to others. The outside has changed dramatically, but inside they remain that same insecure person they were in high school.
This reminds me of a person who has come to Christ. The Bible says that when you come to accept Christ as Lord and Savior you are a “new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17) and are “fellow citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.” (Ephesians 2:19) This is true of all followers of Christ, but, like the changed girl in our illustration, we don’t always feel like it or act like it. You may still feel guilty, immoral and ashamed.