When we’re saved, we become a completely new person. Sometimes, we may not realize this because we were saved at a young age (which is still a good thing!). But once we become a teenager, it will be more obvious that once we are saved, our lives change radically. Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV) says this:
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your mind; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Before we are saved, we are, as it said, being corrupted by deceitful desires. After we are saved, we are filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps us to know right from wrong, good from bad. Once it is within us, we are made new. “A new you”, as I said. Although it can be tough, it’s our duty to choose the right thing to do whenever we can. If we get saved, does it make sense to continue doing the wrong things? To make it easier to understand, let me create a scenario: let’s say you were chasing your best friend around the pool. Suddenly, you slip and fall, but someone is there to catch and save you. You had a close call with death. But think of this: are you going to run around the pool again? Are you going to repeat your mistake? You knew in the first place it was the wrong thing to do. You were blessed to be saved the first time, but will someone be there the second time?
So think on that. When we are saved, we can’t continue with our old habits. You have to be a new you.