The Bible Demands Change

“I don’t really see any major changes which need to occur in my life.”

Someone recently wrote that after sitting thourgh one of the Bible courses I teach for a local college.  This is the same individual  who publicly stated that she  had  had too much to  drink at a local club and, as a result, needed assistance driving home.  This is also the same person who was required to read Psalm 119 and the Gospel of John.  Surely she is in a precarious place.

Anyone who humbly reads God’s Word can quickly see that there is a stark contrast with that which is commanded and that which is cultivated.

We are even commanded to be perfect (Mt. 5:48).  And Jesus meant “perfect”!  That’s why need HIM–someone–the ONLY ONE Who could be perfect for us (2 Cor. 5:21).  But now we are to be perfect practically.  In other words, we are to be mature believers living out what we have been taught.  And–as believers–there is always room for maturing, for growing.  That’s why we are all exhorted to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18).

We have not arrived.

We all have major changes which need to occur in our lives.

I do.  You do.

Do we walk as Jesus walked (1 Jn. 2:6)?  Do we truly love the Lord with all of our heart, soul and mind (Mt. 22:37)?  Do we consistently guard our hearts and our lips from grumbling and complaining (Phil. 2:14)?  Do we always consider others more important than ourselves (Phil. 2:14)?

We do not.

Please tell me that you are honest enough to admit that your walk does not perfectly match the walk of Jesus!  You can see that you haven’t quite arrived yet, can’t  you?  Deep down we all know that there is only one perfect being in the universe and we ain’t HIM.  At our very core, we grasp what one author entitled “the mysterium tremendum” (the tremendous mystery affiliated with the existence of a holy God [Rudolf Otto]).  We get:  God is holy.  And most of us get:  We are not.  If the Bible teaches us anything, it teaches us these basic truths.  The Scripture presents us with the facts–God is sinless.  We are sinners.

And that’s why some rather major changes need to take place in our lives!



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