How To Change
Do you have an area of your life you know is not God's best for you? Is it something you’ve been trying to fix, but just can’t seem to overcome? The answer to your problems is simple, but you may need to go back to the very foundation of your faith and approach things differently.
I know that sounds crazy, but let me explain.
For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 3:11)
Building your faith on the right foundation matters. In his first letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul explains the only foundation we should be building on is Jesus. That seems pretty obvious, right? I mean, isn’t that why we do what we do? Why would we do ministry if it wasn’t for Jesus?
While many of us say that Jesus is the foundation of our faith, our actions often show otherwise. What I mean by that is, we tend to overcomplicate the gospel. Rather than growing in our understanding of the love God has for us, we can’t help but to put the focus back on ourselves. We say things like,
“God loves me, but I need to hold up my end of the bargain.”
“His grace is what made me righteous, but now I have a responsibility to maintain that right standing with Him.”
Without even realizing it, we’ve taken our focus off Jesus and back on our performance. Then we attempt to build our faith on a foundation of works and completely miss the point. Let me be clear, Jesus didn’t come to change your behavior, He came to reveal the heart of the Father.
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
We don’t have to do anything to prove our love for God. Nothing we can do will ever change how God feels about us. How do I know this? Because while we were sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). God didn’t wait until you got your act together to save you, He sent Jesus to do something we could never do on our own! The gospel is not a self-help program. It reveals the love God has for mankind and the great lengths He was willing to go to save His creation.
I’m not telling you that your performance isn’t important. Sin can kill you. But putting your focus on your actions isn’t the answer. By taking the pressure off yourself to act a certain way, you will begin to change effortlessly. The things you used to find fulfillment in will become less important. Rather than magnifying everything you’re doing wrong, start magnifying what Jesus did right! Before you know it, you will see the value God has placed on you and it will become evident in how you act.
When you take your focus off your performance and onto Jesus, you will begin to experience the life He desires for you. You will love others the way God loves them. You will begin to love yourself the way God loves you. And, yes, your performance will change!
Take the pressure off yourself to live up to an impossible standard. Build your faith on the foundation of Jesus and see yourself the way He sees you. Then, your actions will follow.