A happy shout out to the former procrastinators of APC! I so enjoyed being with you this past weekend. Welcome aboard, ladies!
You’ve heard the talks. Now what?
Romans 8:29. This truth is for all of us here at the blog. That is the best place to start and a wonderful reminder for us all. Let’s go back to verse 28 too: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. V. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined TO BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
What a relief it was for me to realize that God created me intending to change me! He intends to change me to be like Jesus. He loves me unconditionally, yes. He also wants to work in me to make me more like Jesus.
This truth comforts me greatly. It is normal in God’s design for me to need to change. There’s no shame or disgrace in that fact. He has made me His own, and He takes responsibility for me.
This truth relaxes my striving heart and mind. Yes, I need to change, but I am not the designer of that work. I’m not the supervisor. I’m not the supplier of my own needs. I’m not the power that drives the work. I am the clay; He is the potter.
This truth motivates me. I get to cooperate with the Lord Himself as He works change in me. He prompts and I respond “yes” by His grace. He creates the design, oversees the work, supplies my needs, and provides the power that enables me to act on my “yes.”
If you are looking to take a first step, meditate on this amazing truth and move forward in light of it.
Ask God what He wants you to do and say “yes.” Maybe He’s already made that clear. Get specific so you know where to aim. (“Lose five pounds.” versus “lose weight.”/ “Make five cold calls per day.” versus “Increase my client base.” / “Reach out to Susie.” versus “Be a better neighbor.”)
Next, take a small step. This gets you going with success right off. (“Eat something raw at every meal.”/”Block thirty minutes each morning for cold calls.”/ “Invite Susie for coffee Tuesday.”)
Praise the Lord! You are cooperating with God’s change in you. If we read on to Romans 8:30, we see that we are headed for glory!
What small step are you taking this week?