Sunday Summaries: The Evolution of Me

Welcome to The Evolution of Me, Mountain Lake’s latest message series.  Now, before you get in a tizzy thinking we’re talking about apes, let’s define evolution.   Our working definition is this:

The process by which living organisms develop and diversify throughout history.

In other words, evolution is simply change.  Most of us think we hate change, but a quick look at the fashion over the last few decades proves that’s not true.  Otherwise, parachute pants and tight-rolled jeans would still be making appearances.  Or, how about the TV shows we watch?  From The Biggest Loser to Extreme Home Makeover, our TIVO’s are full of stories of change.  And, who can pass up watching the makeover of a man with a 10 inch comb over?  There’s something about change that we like….maybe even crave.

People crave change?  Yes, I’m pretty sure we do.  That’s why every January 1st, we set new goals for ourselves, like spending less, being kinder, getting fit, or managing our calendar.  There is something deep down in all of us that wants to change for the better.  Shawn said it best yesterday.  Well, he said a lot of thought-provoking things, but here’s the first: “The possibility of change is the essence of hope.”  Think about that one.  If we don’t think change can happen, we lose hope.  It’s true, isn’t it?  Consider cases of divorce, depression, or even suicide.  In those instances, people have lost hope that their situation – or maybe that they, themselves – can change, and they give up.  When they assume change is impossible, they lose hope.  Can you relate?

So, it seems we’re always hoping for change in our circumstances…for things to get better…for situations to improve.  And, for Christians, that’s where the Good News comes in!  According to Philippians 2:13 and Titus 2: 11-12, God can bring about the very change we crave!  Check it out:

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.”

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age.”

Did you catch that?  God gives His children not only the desire to change, but the power to do it!  Oh, it gets even better.  I hope you are paying attention.  God’s Spirit, who lives in every Believer, teaches us to say NO to those things with which we struggle.  He teaches us how to live a life that pleases Him.  You see, it’s not by sheer determination that change comes about.  Change begins when we allow God to teach us.

Are you hoping for change in some area of your life?  A habit, a relationship, an attitude, or a circumstance?  God’s promise – only for Believers – is to work in you, giving you the desire and power to change by teaching you how to live a life that pleases Him.  Why not sit at His feet and learn a while?  You might just find He is able to change your whole world.

You can watch the entire message here this week or in the MLC archives after that.  Go ahead.  Click the link.  You’ll be glad you did.

 

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