What Time is It?
As we conclude another year, looking back on our successes as well as our regrets, as we contemplate the commitments we will make to be different in 2018 and the related resolutions we will make for a new year, I thought it might be good to be reminded of what the Scripture says about change. Desiring change for the person in the mirror, dreaming of a better version of ourselves, is a good thing. But how can we get there? In pursuit of an answer to this question, Scott Sauls has been contemplating Galatians 5:16-25. I thought I would pass on a few of his thoughts to you. You can read the full article here.
Scott begins by indicating how real change takes place. He writes:
“Moralism says that we can become better people by keeping rules and striving to be good. But Scripture rejects this idea. Instead, Scripture insists that character develops only in the context of freedom. Change comes not from striving in our own strength to be like Jesus, but by developing a habit of being and communing with him.
“Moralism calls for change from the outside-in through cosmetic, behavior-focused sin management. Grace produces change from the inside-out through heart renewal and transformed motivations. Change happens only as our motivations and desires change—when we are led by the Spirit, our ‘God-desiring’ nature over-and-against the flesh, our ‘sin-and-law-desiring’ nature.”
Behavior is always driven by whatever we desire most. This is a universal principle. This is the heart and soul of real change.
For behavior to change, desire must be transformed first. It’s inside-out, not outside-in. Let me encourage you to take the time over the next few weeks and read through Thomas Chalmer’s classic entitled: “An Expulsive Power of a New Affection.” You can find the sermon here in a pdf.
Of course, before change can begin, you must know what time it is. So, this Lord’s Day we will consider the question of time from Ecclesiastes 3. What time is it? Do you know? Your beginning point will determine your approach and your approach will decide your path and your direction will dictate your destiny. So, let me ask again: Do you know what time it is?
Join us this Sunday morning at 10:00 am as we consider what time it is. While you’re at it, why don’t you bring someone with you? Will you take some time in the next couple of days and pray for a friend or family member, and then invite them to join you this Sunday at Redeemer.
May the Lord’s rich grace and kind mercies be yours in 2018. Happy New Year!
For His Glory,
Extra, extra, read all about it: SS starts back Sunday Jan 7 with our children’s classes as well as our combined student and adult class. Students and adults will be studying the nature of Biblical Covenants