We must be careful to make sure that we do not get caught in this trap:
“What occasion is there then for boasting? It is ruled out. On what principle, that of works? No, rather on the principle of faith. For we consider that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law.” -Romans 3:27-28 NAB
It would not be difficult for someone of faith to quickly begin to realize that life is a little different for them. With newfound faith comes profound change in many people, and, as they look back at the life they once lived, they will be amazed at how far they have come. It will not take long to see how there begins to be a separation from the situations, and people, of our past.
As these changes take place, we can easily get caught up in elitism. We begin to look down on others that do not share the same level of faith as us, but it may have only been a short time ago that we were just as lost as they were. We have seen the light, and we begin to boast about it to those who have not. Well, this does not do anyone any bit of good.
First, we must be careful to realize that it is not by our grace that we are saved. Without the work of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, we would all be separated from God. So, before we begin to get too prideful in our new station in life, we need to take a step back and give credit where credit is due.
Second, if we get too full of pride and separate ourselves from our past too much, then we are no use to anyone. Remember, most of us came to faith because someone caringly reached out to us, and they did despite our lack of faith. In that same way, we must reach out to those in our lives who have not yet found faith themselves. Hopefully, we can do for them what someone else was willing to do for us.
If you have brought Jesus into your life in a real way for the first time, I am very excited for you. I am glad that He is moving and working in your life; however, be careful not to allow that to separate you from reality. Pride creeps up on us slowly, and it can be difficult to overcome, but through your newfound grace, Christ can help you on your way. Instead of boasting about how far you have come, make it your mission to see how many others that you can help do the same.