You Can Become A Better Person
In the department store yesterday, I ran into an acquaintance, and we had a long chat –the kind you can have in the summer when you’re not in a hurry to go anywhere. She told me about a man who had been an alcoholic for years. The Lord had burdened her heart to help him, and she had been doing so for a long time. Her eyes lit up, as she told me the amazing things God had been doing in his life, like removing the desire for alcohol and making him a sober man in this last year.
“That is a miracle of God,” I said.
“Yes, it is!” she said.
Now let me tell you about another miracle. There was this woman who, for years, had only thought about herself and her own comfort. But yesterday she picked up her husband from work. It was the middle of the afternoon, and she was very hot. He got in the car and turned off the air conditioning. She said nothing.
She didn’t even reach for the AC, to turn it back on.
That is a miracle of God.
This same woman is also really enjoying Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis, and he says:
The real Son of God is at your side. He is beginning to turn you into the same kind of thing as Himself.
A real Person, Christ, here and now, in that very room where you are saying your prayers, is doing things to you… interfering with your very self; killing the old natural self in you and replacing it with the kind of self He has.
To think about Matt’s comfort in the truck instead of my own was a very great and welcome interference with my self. A miracle of change.
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)
My question for you today is –are you letting Christ do things to you? Are you cooperating and putting your legs into the transformation on your end of things?
Because we have hope, you know. In Christ, we are being transformed into his image. Just ask the former alcoholic or the woman who kept her hands off the AC.
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This is so encouraging! Sometimes I just feel like I can’t do better, no matter how I try. But really, I can’t change myself, I have to let Him do it for me. Thanks for your wonderful words of encouragement, enjoy this beautiful day!
It’s a great lie from the Devil, who tells us there’s no hope for us. Don’t listen! 🙂 I hope you have a great day, too, Esther!
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