Every one who come to Jesus, should experience a change, a change that will make you what Jesus called a new creature.
This new creature according to the bible is born from water and from Spirit.
First, it’s the commitment to change molding us by the word of God. We usually do so,when we baptize and decide to live according to the scriptures. This is the conscious decision of estimating the things from above over the things from this world.
Second, it’s the transformation of the heart or the new birth from the Spirit. Where we no longer struggle on doing the will of God. But rather the will of God is our will. Where the flesh is death and the spirit is alive.
For most of us, this will never happen because we get into the error of believing that we are already righteous.
One of the requirements for salvation is to recognize and confess our sins, knowing that we are all sinners. We are all sinners away from the grace of God, because our hearts are bad. We are selfish, we pursue the things of the flesh over the things of the spirit.
But unfortunately, the blindness do not allow us to see it. sometimes we do not see sin in our lives, at least not enough to feel repentance and regression of our way of living.
This is the reason why Jesus says that the prostitutes and the publicans will reach salvation before the Pharisees.
We need that humble heart of the man who went to the temple imploring forgiveness to The Lord, or like the women who washed Jesus feet with her tears and cleaned with her hair. The Lord will clean our hearts when sincerely we ask for it. The Spirit of the Lord which produces fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, meekness, goodness, faith, long suffering, self-control will purify us as the fire purify the gold.
We fall into the same trap of the pharisees. But our Lord, Jesus taught us that the sin is not only in the act, but in the heart. Until we receive a clean heart that only wish and think on what is good and put others above ourselves, the work of God is still in progress.