Change Begins with a Choice (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 223)
Ephesians 4:22 (NLT)
Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.
Change is hard and that’s why it doesn’t just happen on its own. It requires work on our part. The only way change happens is if we make the choice for it to happen. It isn’t enough to talk about change or to wish for change or to even desire change. Real change begins with a choice. It requires a decision of the will.
Many times, we like to think we’re waiting on God to change our hearts or we’re waiting for God to give us a new mindset and set us on the right path. But God has already done what he can do. He gives you a free will to make choices and he leaves it up to you to decide whether you will throw off the old life and embrace a new life.
If you’re going to lose weight in six months, you won’t lose it any other way except making a firm decision. If you’re going to be happier and more mature in your attitude and relationship, it isn’t going to happen on its own. You’ve got to choose. If you’re going to attend a new school, get out of debt, get a car or a house, or be more like who God intended for you to be, you’ve got to make a choice in order to make those things happen.
Physical growth happens automatically. We naturally advance from birth to childhood to adulthood to old age. But in every other area of your life that needs growth, you have to choose it. There can be no real sustainable growth without change and there can be no change unless it is preceded by a choice. If you intend to grow, you must be willing to change.
Some of us are stuck in our old ways not because we want to be but because we won’t muster up the courage to choose to change. The old life has to be released in order for us to embrace the new life God wants us to have. When we get rid of our old habits and old ways of thinking, we make room in our lives to fulfill God’s purpose and live the life he has planned for us.
“The work of spirituality is to recognize where we are – the particular circumstances of our lives – to recognize grace and say, “Do you suppose God wants to be with me in a way that does not involve changing my spouse or getting rid of my spouse or my kids, but in changing me, and doing something in my life that maybe I could never experience without this pain and this suffering?”
— Edmund Clowney