Searching For Change In All the Wrong Places (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 257)
Romans 7:24 (NLT)
Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?
Have you realized yet that sometimes you need to be saved from yourself? I know I have. More often than not, it is my own fears, my own doubts, my own incompetencies, my own viewpoints that cause me to act and react in ways that are unbecoming of a believer. There are things I don’t like about me. Some things I want to do differently, other things I want to change. And you’re the same way too.
We may want to change and even attempt to change. But the thing about change is that we can’t do it on our own. We need God’s help and strength to actual turn the corner. It takes very little energy to think about change. It takes an entire overhaul in many cases to actually change. You may tell yourself that you can will change into your life. Willpower has its place. But eternal change is a result of God’s power working in your life.
Paul asks the question who can free him from sin and death that is inevitable in this life. From everything Paul has already been through, he isn’t looking to himself as the source. He’s looking for someone more powerful and more perfect than himself. Paul is looking for the Savior, the one who makes change possible, the one who makes changes last. When we can’t do it on our own, God will help us.
Some of us even as believers are looking for that one thing or that one person to make us better than what we are right now. Some of us think that if we just move from one state to another, or met a special person, or obtained a certain job, or had this much money, that our lives would be complete and we would be our ideal selves. All those things have their place but they’re not the main things we need to focus on. We can get all those things and still be miserable. The place we must look for change is in Christ alone. Our dependence on him will result in a fuller, freer, and more purposeful life.
“Change is a part of life. Be open to change, because that’s God opening the door to growth in your life.”