A year ago I read Tim Chester’s book, You Can Change: God’s transforming power for our sinful behavior & negative emotions. I decided to read it again. It reads like a book but works like a workbook also. The focus of the book is Jesus and his transforming power. I want to change. I need to change. I am encouraged that God is wanting me to change even more than I do…and he will change me.
I will not use this blog to share all my funk, maybe some, but will share what truths I am learning that will help me to live a life of faith and repentance.
Also, I will mainly just share some quotes from each chapter with minimal comments.
Chapter 1 What would you like to change?
“We are not to make images of the living God precisely because we are his image.
We often excuse our actions by saying, ‘I’m only human.’ There’s nothing ‘only’ about being human: we’re truly human as we reflect God’s glory.
God’s agenda for change is for us to become like Jesus. (Romans 8:28-30, Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 Corinthians 11:1, Philippians 2:5; 1 Peter 2:21, 1 John 2:6; 3:16-17, 4:10-11)
Jesus isn’t just good for us. He is good itself. He defines ‘good’. The secret of gospel change is being convinced that Jesus is the good life and the fountain of all joy.
Our job is to study the glory of God revealed in the life and death of Jesus.
I need more than an example. I need help. I need someone to change me. Trying to imitate Jesus on its own only leaves me feeling a failure. I can’t be like him. I can’t match up. I need sorting out. I need rescuing. I need forgiveness.
The power of God that made the sun and stars is focused down like a laser into your heart.
“Adam’s likeness now efface,
stamp Thine image in its place;
Second Adam, from above,
recreate us in thy love.”
Moses coming down the mountain after meeting God was a picture of what humanity should have been. Moses radiated God’s glory because he’d gazed on God’s glory. That’s how it should have been for all humanity.
…change takes place in our lives as we turn to see the glory of God in Jesus. We ‘see’ the glory of Christ as we ‘hear’ the gospel of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:4-6). Moral effort, fear of judgement and sets of rules can’t bring lasting change. But amazing things happen when we ‘turn to the Lord’.”
How are you trying to change? What needs changing? May we seek change in a biblical way. May we delight in the privilege of being changed by God.