“As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly” – Proverbs 26:1 (NIV).
There was once a controversial issue among the brethren in Uganda where it was suggested hosting fellowship nights in one famous night club. This club was famous for special night for its patrons- ladies, senior citizens- how about also a ” savedee night!”
The opposition stemmed from one particular concern. For a number of the brethren a night club reminded them of the life they had forsaken after accepting Jesus as a personal saviour. Encouraging the brethren to return to these hounds and be patronised with typical night club music and dance would be quite unsettling.
Once one accepts Christ there are certain things they give up on as quite worthless. These could range from habits like gambling, indulging in drink binges, slapping with buddies broad jokes about members of the opposite sex, habitual lying etc. They do so because, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here” (2 Cor 5:17).
For some the process is instant; where there others it is gradual. But the point is the new found life in Christ liberates one from all those bad habits. Occasionally one meets a new believer wondering how he could have been so blinded to waste all his time in these fruitless activities. As a matter of fact there are many non believers who respect them that there are not trapped with these burdens like they are.
For this reason believers should hold on to the treasures they have found in Christ. Going back to the old ways may be a lack of appreciation of all that Christ has liberated one from! It also denies believers a chance to witness a changed life and all the joy and pleasures it brings.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I am so thankful for the new found life in Christ and so help me treasure it without looking back for your glory, this I pray in Jesus’s name!