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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Changing God’s Way”
Change is a word that is bandied around quite a bit. Change, for whatever reason, good or bad, seems to be in vogue.
People are changing the way they live. They’re moving towards healthier lifestyles, like changing their eating habits, from pizza to salads, or from sitting and watching TV to working out while watching TV.
People are also making changes in the way they appear. A change of wardrobe is seen as a way to build a person self-esteem. Books from the 80’s talked about how people could dress for success, and now we have personal shoppers who will match your wardrobe to fit body type, personality, and career.
People also talk about our need to change the way we think. Tolerance is the buzzword of our day, but we’ve changed the way we view it. It used to be that differences were tolerated, and people were free to disagree and discuss their differences. Now tolerance has changed to intolerance because we’re no longer free to disagree.
The Bible also talks about the desperate need for humanity to change.
“Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die … Therefore turn and live!” (Ezekiel 18:31-32)
So how do we facilitate change? Is it our responsibility, God’s, or both?
The Apostle Paul deals with this issue of change, and what we see is that both God and ourselves have a part to play.
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13)
To work out is our part, while to work in is God’s, and so what Paul is saying is that we’re to work out what God is working in.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study