This is an orange. Do you agree? This orange has inherent characteristics to it. It is smells a certain way, looks a certain way, tastes a certain way and has a specific texture to it. It is completely an orange.
Let’s let this orange represent us before we know Jesus. This orange could represent the average person just living their life. The natural tendency is to do whatever their nature tells them to do. They are just acting normal and don’t likely have any issue with that.
Let’s say this apple represents a follower of Jesus. This is someone who has accepted the gift of salvation offered in Him and has turned away from their sin and embraced Jesus Christ. They stand out in a world full of oranges. They are in no way similar except that they are fruit.
Is there anyway I can be an orange and an apple at the same time? Can I take the peel off the orange and sort of shape it into an apple? Can I peel the orange and the apple and place the peel on the orange? Does that work? You still will have an orange and you still have an apple.
Something completely different has to happen in order for an orange to become an apple. As an orange, naturally there is hatred, sin, death, and evil ruling the day. As a follower of Christ, there is influence to do those sinful things because we live immersed in it, but we are not controlled by it.
It is a complete change which in turn causes us to live completely different lives. It is something that we could never manufacture. The only way this could happen is to be born again as something different.
Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3
We need to be changed from the inside out. We cannot put on some outward show that fools the world into believing we are a follower of Jesus. Either we are or we are not. There is a complete transformation that takes place and it will be evident in your life. It is only by Jesus Christ that this transformation takes place. Therefore, it is only in Jesus Christ that we are allowed access into the Kingdom of God. Do you know Him?