I had a conversation with my dad the other day. We were theorising about whether or not there is change in our bodies when we become Christians that science would be able to, in some way, detect. After all, the Bible is pretty clear that, when we accept salvation, we are no longer the same.
What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons, they are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
Did you know that, when the human genome was first discovered (and for a significant amount of time following) up to 97% of the information found in our DNA was considered junk? Junk! Pfft! How could anything that complex be junk! With our bodies so intricately designed, why would only 3% of the information held in our cells be worthwhile?
Some scientists hypothesize that up to 50% of our DNA holds information valuable to who we are. Who’s to say that in some of that leftover is or isn’t proof of the change that is so clearly stated in the Bible? I’m no scientist and I am in no way claiming that junk DNA holds the evidence of our salvation. It’s just a thought. But it would be super cool if it were true!
Back in the day when Israel was on the cusp of becoming a kingdom, the man God had chosen to lead needed to change. Saul was a little hesitant to take on such an important role. He was from the smallest tribe and one of the lowliest families of said tribe. He couldn’t lead if he couldn’t see himself as a leader. Samuel, the prophet had a few words for him.
At that time the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you with power, and you will prophesy with them. You will be changed into a different person.
1 Samuel 10:6 (NLT)
Never once, when the Spirit of God came upon anyone, was there no evident change. Every single time the Holy Spirit shows up, there is change!
As Saul turned and started to leave, God changed his heart, and all Samuel’s sign were fulfilled that day.
1 Samuel 10:9 (NLT)
The fact of the matter is, that once we accept the gift of salvation, we change. The old really is gone and the new really has begun! You cannot experience the Spirit of God without experiencing change.
Daily Bible reading: 1 Samuel 10-12, Luke 13:22-35