A Catalyst for Positive Change…

  • 1 Kings 8:13 (NKJV) I have surely built You an exalted house, and a place for You to dwell in forever.imagesCAEAQRKW

Yesterday Sonja showed me a picture of former President Bill Clinton—he had lost 30 pounds and looked great. Turns out his daughter has married and he wants to be around for any potential grandchildren.  I can relate.  Those of you who know me know that the arrival of my grandchildren rocked my world and has motivated me to make major changes in my life also.

There is nothing wrong with this; maturity brings new a perspective on life that often leads to change.

However, as great as grandchildren are let me remind you of a greater motivation for positive change in your life—Jesus Christ.

Driven by his zeal to honor the God of Israel, Solomon built an “exalted house” (Temple) for God to dwell in forever. Yet he knew that God could not and would not be limited to a house of stones—but amazingly God was willing to be limited to a house of flesh; we call it the incarnation.

But it gets more interesting…

Jesus is willing to live in you. That’s right, through the presence of the Holy Spirit Jesus is willing to abide with you forever. He uses two great examples to demonstrate this:

  • Abiding in Him (and He in us) like a branch of a Vine (John 15:1-8)
  • He abiding in us as if we were a living Temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Grandchildren are not the only catalysts for change.  Moving from childhood to those teenage years is a great catalyst for change.  Falling in love, marriage, and children are all motivations for great change.

There are other major catalysts that motive us to make major changes in how we take care of our body and live our lives. Things like: the death of a significant person in our life or a major sickness or accident. On the positive side of the ledger: a graduation or major career move—to name a few—are often major incentives for change. But I can think of no greater motivation to live a disciplined and godly lifestyle than for providing a “temple” for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to dwell in forever.

At the end of the day the thing that has motivated me the most to change has been love. Someone stronger than me can force me to change—short term; but the moment they are out of the picture I will revert back to my old way of doing things.

To a limited degree money, fear, greed, and many other things can motivate us to change…some. But change that is eternal, change that is fulfilling and meaning is only motivated by love. Paul sums it up well: “For the love of Christ compels us…” (2 Corinthians 5:14)

19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
 New King James Version (NKJV)

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