Friday - “Making Changes”
Bible Reading: Romans 12:2
Malachi 3:6 says, "I the Lord do not change...." God is the only being that does not need to change something. We never see biblical examples of Jesus teaching, keep doing what you are doing, don't change a thing. Now, the point here is that we all have some changes in our lives. In the letters to the seven churches of Asia, while almost all of them were encouraged in the good things they were doing, they were also told the areas in which they needed to change or they would pay the consequences. So, if we have taken the wrong path, how do we change? Well, Simmons says that we must first face and embrace the truth. Brutal honesty is the first step to making change in our life.
Kyle Idleman wrote a book titled "AHA." The title is an acronym for the words "Awakening, Honesty, and Action." The change agent here is Honesty. We must evaluate ourselves and be totally honest with what is hindering us from completely turning our lives over to God. We all have flaws, we must stop and identify those flaws, as much as it may hurt, and address them. George W. Bush was once a heavy drinker. He said in one of his books that he thought he needed it at every social event. As a politician, we all know that social events are many. One day, Laura asked him, "George, do you remember the last day that you didn't have a drink?" It was that moment that he stopped, and realized the brutal honesty that he had a problem. He began then to read the Bible every day and to stop drinking all together. One radio personality correctly said that he would not have become President had he not stopped. The drinking was the major thing that kept him from living an excellent life.
We all have flaws, because we are human. Let’s pray today that God helps us to be honest about what they are. Be honest with yourself and devise a plan to address that flaw. With God’s help, we can make change that will result in a better life, and make us better servants of God.