Being Able To Change
Have you made any resolve to change your spiritual condition in 2011? It depends on how bad you want it. The size of the self-help section in any bookstore indicates how desperate people are to “remodel” their life. Although the prospect for change captivates people, some hold the idea it is not possible for them. People tell themselves, “whatever I am is what I’ll always be”. Our culture has also resigned to that same attitude by labeling people with a host of phobias, syndromes, compulsions, and disorders. This is not so with Christ (Ephesians 4:20).
In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, the apostle Paul listed a group of sins common among them and in today’s society. He said, “And such were some of you” (v.11). These are people who actually changed, not just their attitude, but their behavior. The “newness” is made possible through Jesus Christ. Romans 6:3,4 says “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life". Jesus does not label what you have as a syndrome or disorder. He labels it as sin which He and He only can remove, changing you from an “old man” into a “new man”. Ephesians 4:24 says it is a “new man, that after God hath been created in righteousness and holiness of truth”.
What Jesus Christ offers the groaning soul who wants a “better life” is not superficial pain relief or dependence on months of therapeutic medicine. It is radical surgery of the heart. It is not a quick fix. It is a lifelong endeavor. It begins with a love for Him (Matthew 22:37) above everything else. Today is a good day to start this remodeling project (2 Corinthians 6:2).