The odds of you changing yourself into the person you should be is about as likely as a dog deciding to change itself into a cat.
You are a sinner, you were born a sinner, and you will die a sinner.
Oh, you can try to change, modify your behavior through sheer willpower and even resist your sinful desires for long periods of time, but like dieting, eventually there will be a lapse.
You can do better, be better, be reformed, be renewed, and be improved, and compared to others, you can be above average, and do better than most.
But at the end of the day, you is what you is.
Bottom line, like a fish that desire water and a land animal that desires air, what you are determines what you desire and eventually, what you desire is what you go for.
God can change you. Through Jesus Christ, you can be born again and be a new creation with new desires.
Just like with any birth, maturity is a lifelong process. But as you keep crawling, stumbling, waddling, walking and eventually running towards and with God — desiring Him, loving Him, seeking Him, growing in Him, pursuing Him, and being satisfied in Him — He molds you and makes you into the person you want to be and should be.
- The ONE THING for today: It is God’s responsibility to change you, it’s your responsibility to let Him.
Romans 6:18-23 (NLT)
18 Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.
19 Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.
20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. 21 And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. 22 But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.