DayBreaks for 10/31/13 – What Can, and Can’t, Be Changed
Luke 1:37 (MSG) Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.
You hear all sorts of things as a pastor. Some of them make you laugh inside that someone could actually believe or have done the things they describe. Some break your heart at the pain their actions have brought home to roost. Some just frustrate the heck out of you, doggone it!!!
Here’s a case in point (and I’ve had this said to me on multiple occasions by numerous people): “I can’t change. I’m too old (or in an alternative explanation, “too set in my ways.”) Well, if I were given to the use of foul language, there’s a thing or two I’d say about that kind of attitude. I won’t tell you what the first thing would be, but the second would be something like this: “What!?!? That’s not a Christian attitude at all! Have you never read the Bible?” It is enough to make a pastor want to punch them in the nose (and that’s a very unpastor-ly thing to say!)
A famous preacher once said, “When people tell me that human nature cannot be changed, I am moved to reply that in light of my experience, human nature may well be the only thing that CAN BE CHANGED!”
I believe that the preacher nailed it. We can’t change the courses of the moon or the sun or stars. We cannot change or suspend the laws of physics. We cannot change the ebb and flow of the ocean. We cannot change where we were born or where and when it is appointed unto us to die. That being true, the pages of the Bible reverberate with testimonies of the lives, purposes, events, and habits which have been changed and which can be changed. At the top of that list is the human heart and our behavior.
Jesus didn’t come so we could and would stay the same. He came to transform us, to renew us. God doesn’t give us a pass when we get older. He doesn’t give us a pass because we’re too set in our ways to change. If anything, as we get older, we should be more and more conformed to the image of His Son, not making excuses for our failure in that regard!
Time to stop making excuses for our bad behavior, because that’s precisely what “I can’t change!” is doing!
PRAYER: With you, all things are possible. With you, anything situation can be changed! Change our attitudes from defeatism to a victor’s attitude. Change our hearts to be completely committed hearts. We want to be done with excuses for our human weakness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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