Live As Though You Are Redeemed
1. Live A Righteous Life
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
-2 Corinthians 5:17
When many of us first came to Christ, we had a long history of mistakes and regrets (I like to refer to that time as B.C., before Christ). We lived a different life, with a different ethical system and worldview. You are no longer held captive by the chains of your sin. When you come to Christ, your sins are washed away for He died on the cross to pay the debt for your sins and rose from the grave to break of power of sin and death. Begin living without the shame of your past. Instead, live in the glory of the Lord. You are righteous before God, not because of anything you did or could have done, but fully because of what Jesus did.
2. Eat Meat
Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
As you develop your walk with Christ and grow in Him, there will be a point where you must take active steps to go beyond drinking the milk of Christianity. Solely getting knowledge about the Bible from attending Sunday service weekly is a good place to start as a baby Christian, but that is not a good place to be after a few months of following Christ. Dive into the Bible daily yourself and pray to learn more about God. Read commentaries on the Bible and read writings from different theologians and pastors to develop of system of faith: what you believe and why you believe it. Get plugged in to your church and different small groups your church has to offer.
3. Love Intentionally and Unconditionally
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
-1 Peter 4:8
Because Jesus loved you enough to die for you, you are adopted into His family. You were shown unconditional love. In Matthew 12, Jesus says to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, then continues to say love your neighbor as yourself. Who is your neighbor? Jesus answers that with the parable of the Good Samaritan. Your neighbors are all those you come in contact with. No, you will not love them in the same way, but you are called to love them intentionally and unconditionally. There will be people you meet that are EGR's (Extra Grace Required) type of people, but they need love nonetheless. Love those who are Christians as well as those who are not. Love those who spend their Friday nights at a Bible study as well as those who go party. Love those who wake up early on Sunday to go to church as well as those who do not wake up until 3 in the afternoon with a hangover. Your love might be the thing that brings them to Christ. You are not called to change a person, but to love them.