Is Change Possible?
Craig Barnes writes that when he was a child, his father, who was a minister, brought home a twelve-year-old boy named Roger, whose parents had died from a drug overdose. His folks decided they would just raise him as if he were one of their own sons. At first, it was quite difficult for Roger to adjust to his new home, an environment free of heroine-addicted adults! Every day, several times a day, he heard his parents saying to Roger: “No, no. That’s not how we behave in this family.” “No, no. You don’t have to scream or fight or hurt other people to get what you want.” “No, no, Roger, we expect you to show respect in this family.” In time Roger began to change. Now, did Roger have to make all those changes in order to become a part of the family? No. He was made a part of the family simply by the grace of Craig’s Dad. Did he have to do a lot of work because he was in the family? Sure. It was tough for him to change. However, he was motivated by the gratitude for the incredible love that he received.
Do we have a lot of changes to make in our lives once we become a Christian? Absolutely! However, when we become a Christian, God gives us the Holy Spirit to empower us to make those changes. Romans 8:13 says, “If we are living according to the flesh, we must die; but if by the Spirit we are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (NASB). There are times when the Holy Spirit impresses upon our conscience the thoughts: “No, no. That is not how a child of God behaves.” One of the reasons the Holy Spirit is given to us is to enable us to change. He helps us to change and strengthen us to become more like Jesus Christ. Change is POSSIBLE!
One of the questions that I often hear, “Do you think change is possible?” Is it possible for me to overcome this habit or sin? Is it possible for our marriage to change? Is it possible for a person to change their disposition or attitude? The answer to those questions is, “YES!” Some will say that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. My response is that we are not teaching dogs or tricks! We are teaching/sharing the Word of God, which contains the power to change lives ~ completely! Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (NASB). The word ‘transformed’ means to change; to become different; or to do different. Whether or not a person will change depends on their choice to change. If they desire to change, then change is altogether possible through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ changes hearts!