Too many Christians falsely believe if you just give them a checklist of things to do, they will be able to go home and work on the list. The idea is, “If I work on my list hard enough, long enough, and pray about it, I can change.”
This thinking has two major fallacies. First, if you can change yourself this way, you have merely strengthened what the Bible calls the “flesh.” The flesh, in simple terms, is the way we have found to live independent of God. I will define it in greater detail later. God does not want us to strengthen the flesh, but rather to live dependent on Him who is our Strength. Second, when people change themselves through their own self-effort, the change doesn’t last very long.
God wants you to change the way you’re living, but He wants to change you from the inside out, which only Jesus living in and through you can bring about, as you rely on Him. In Galatians 2:20 Paul wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
This Scripture befuddled me for years. As God gave me a true understanding about the New Covenant, I finally saw it: Jesus Christ was already in me so I could rely on Him to live through me. I didn’t need a checklist that I thought made me a great Christian. I had something amazingly better, Him in me! He alone could live through me to make me the best Christian God wanted me to be.
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