When a person suddenly decides to lead a more conscious or God-fearing life, he enthusiastically declares himself a new person. But this is incorrect because, at that point, the only thing new is the strong desire to be new. Sure this is a big first step toward the newness of complete transformation if our efforts remain steadfast. However, we must be very conscious that all our old faults are still clinging to us at this point.
If I find myself in a room inside a burning house, the desire to escape does not automatically make me safe from the fire. All it does is awaken the corresponding energy and initiative by which I can commence the venture out of the house in order thereby, through the success, to be safe. So yes the desire to be new makes me new in a certain sense by changing my perspective and awakening a new impulse–contrary to those who might be content just staying in the burning house. But that is only when the real work actually starts, not ends. If you think on account of your desire to be new you will then be perfect and untouchable, surmounting everything with little or no effort…then, dear sir, I have a bundle of pixie dust and unicorn hooves imported fresh from Atlantis to sell you. So until I maneuver myself completely out of the burning house with pure unflagging efforts, I actually still run the danger of succumbing to the flames.
In other words, you are free only when you are actually free. The Word provides the direction and Way out of the burning house. But each must walk the path himself, no one can carry or do the work for another. So, felicitations on the first step! Now it is time to get to work and strive toward the safety of the Word. Why? Look around and within…the raging fires are reaching irreversibly dangerous levels!
~Ikenna Q Ezealah