“Then He showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and satan standing at his right side to accuse him”. (Zechariah 3:1)
The fundamental principle behind our judicial system is conviction upon sufficient evidence. We convict someone of a crime when there’s evidence that they committed a crime, evidence that dispels any doubt or confusion.
This biblical account depicts Joshua, a representation of Jerusalem, dressed in filthy garments as he stands before the angel of the Lord. His filthy garments are a symbol of the sins committed by the children of Jerusalem and the devil is accurately accusing him of being unfaithful and disobedient to the Lord.
These accusations continue to plague our relationship with God and should move us to examine ourselves. If you were on trial, is there enough evidence in your life to convict you of being a Christian? If your trial went beyond the walls of the church building, and into your workplace or into your neighborhood, among your friends and even strangers, would there be enough evidence of your Christian confession?
Have you been changed, like our brother the apostle Paul? He became a Christian on his way to killing Christians. Once he understood his purpose he completely left his old life, his old ways, and his old train of thought to become a vessel of God, carrying out the good news of Christ to his lost and dying generation. His life has become such a powerful testimony of change that it continues to turns people’s hearts over to God today.
As you examine yourself, how are you different today from the person you used to be? Are there old habits that were buried in baptism, and a renewal of your mind, or did you just add some Christian jargon to the life you were already living?
Paul changed his mindset, his actions, his discipline, his heart, and his purpose. His transformation declares “I am not who I was!!!” His Christian walk was far from easy, just as ours is, but there was evidence of a change and as a result God gave him the victory. When our trials and tribulations don’t go well, it may be a result of insufficient evidence of a faithful heart towards God and a deep commitment to our calling.
We must always keep in remembrance that upon our conversion to Christianity we changed. Life will continue to bombard us with challenges, but we’ve changed. We may be experiencing health issues, but we’ve been changed. We may be experiencing financial struggles, but we’ve been changed. We may be broken but we will survive because we’ve been changed and that change declares “I belong to God, and God alone!!!”
I urge you to constantly examine your Christian walk and make sure there’s evidence of your conversion in all that you do. Your life can only bring others to Christ if there’s evidence that you, in fact, walk with God. I encourage you to remember that with God you have the victory, no trial or tribulation can overtake you, therefore nothing should stand in the way of you declaring to the world who you are and the God you serve.
We come to God by hearing the Word (Romans 10:17), believing what we’ve heard (Hebrews 11:6), repenting, which is turning from living for self to living for God (Luke 13:3), confessing that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior (Matt 10:32-33), and being baptized (Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, Mark 16:15-16, and Romans 6:1-6)