Resolving to live by Christ, the Bible brings positive change

Voices of Religion

Posted: Friday, January 02, 2004

Change. It comes with time whether welcome or not.

Mark Twain said, "The only one who likes change is a wet baby."

That may not be entirely correct, because we pursue change, good or bad, in a number of ways. Circumstances of change come in different forms.

Resolution. The new year is usually accompanied by resolutions for some sort of change. Lose or gain weight, make or spend money, vacation or visit, and the list goes on.

Sometimes we do quite well in keeping our New Year's resolutions, and other times we just say, "Oh well ..."

Revolution. The United States was born out of revolution, a rare example of good coming out of the sometimes bad situations of revolution.

This was not without divine intervention, but that's another article.

Today, conflict exists in many countries with loss of life and property for many. Refugee camps and mass graves are regular results of revolution.

Reformation. To reform is to attempt to make changes for the better. "New and improved" is a common phrase for the advertisement of products. One dictionary says reform means "to cause (a person) to abandon irresponsible or immoral practices."

These efforts are goals of the criminal justice system. However, recidivism of inmates is relatively high in spite of the burgeoning budgets for reformation.

Redemption. One writer described the Bible as "the unfolding drama of redemption."

It contains the themes of love, grace, patience and ultimate salvation. God underwent drastic change in clothing himself in human flesh as the Christ child in Bethlehem.

Since redemption means paying a price, death by crucifixion on a cross was the destiny of this human manifestation. He endured these changes to complete the drama of redemption. Therefore, redemption is available to all who desire it.

We submit our will and God provides his power to accomplish his plan in our lives. "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure, Philippians 2:13.

Moreover, failure need not be feared or felt to be final because the Bible says God's love and compassion do not fail. When we are in Christ, we can be "new creatures," II Corinthians 5:17.

This does not mean perfection, but that we have promise of new life. In fact, the change that results from believing and obeying the Bible is so dynamic that Jesus called it being "born again."

Want to change yourself and your circumstances in the new year? Consider Christ and his claims, then act on them in believing in redemption for yourself.

That will bring changes you won't regret.

Mitch Glover is the pastor of the Sterling United Pentecostal Church at Swanson River Road and Entrada. Service times are Sunday at 10 and 11 a.m.

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