How Do We Change?
Dillon Barber // 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
I am often asking the question: how do I change? What motivates me to change my thoughts, habits and behaviors to be the kind of healthy adult that God has called me to be? We often do one of two things. Either go through the motions in order to try to bring about change, or we wait for a crisis to force us to change. A health crisis, a marriage crisis, a financial crisis (big or small) can each motivate us to change how we behave.
But what about the normal healthy kind of change? What motivates me to change my prayer habits, or the way I speak to my children, or the way I react to my co-workers? How do I find the strength, energy, or stick-to-it-ness to make those necessary growth adjustments to be healthy and stay healthy? I think we find the answer in the simple, yet profound truth of God’s love.
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15:
“For the love of Christ compels us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”
In other words, it is Christ’s love at work in us through the Holy Spirit, that compels us to change. When we experience His love at work in our hearts, we respond to that love through changed hearts and changed lives. So lets, throw away the self help books and even set aside the spiritual disciplines books, and sit back and enjoy the love of Christ through the presence of the Holy Spirit, who is at work in us, transforming us into the people that God has called us to be.