The Necessity of Biblical Life-Change
Do you like change? Most people do not. Change can be uncomfortable. Change can be unfamiliar. Change can be difficult. Change suggests the need for improvement. You’ve heard the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Change means we’re “broke” and we need some “fixin”.
The reality is we all need to change. We are imperfect beings. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Yet, we do not need to be discouraged by this truth! Although every person that walks the face of the Earth needs to make changes, God is in the life-changing business!
Consider II Corinthians 3:18. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. “ This verse should cause you to rejoice. Believers in Christ are being changed into His image. This is definitely a change for the better. You are not just changing for the sake of changing. Your life can bear the likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Change is a process. It is a lot like growth. We don’t go from 20 inches long as a baby to 6 feet tall overnight, nor do we go from 7 lbs. to 150 lbs. instantly. But with proper diet, rest, and exercise year after year, our bodies grow. We mature and develop. We change.
Spiritual change is also a process. It doesn’t occur instantly, or painlessly, or easily. Although time, commitment and patience are required, the rewards of spiritual change are beyond imagination.
If you want to change, you have to change – simple, but profound. We all want to change in some way. But are we willing to do what is required to reach that change?
Some help for making a great spiritual change can be found in II Peter 1:3-9. Those who follow this passage, and not just read it, will experience the change that God wants us to make. On the other hand, the person who chooses to ignore God’s instruction from the passage will stumble through life, blind and forgetting all that is given to us through Christ.
Don’t get stay spiritually stuck! Make the change through obedience to God in the face of pressure to conform to the world.
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II Peter 1:3-9
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.