The Mirage of Change

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:16-18)

If you’re like me, change is a frustrating concept. Personally, I incessantly seek change; however, I rarely seem to attain it. When I look at my life, I see areas that fall short of expectations I place on myself and desperately try to change. Motivationally, I convince myself that in my own strength, I can change and become closer to an unattainably high level of expectation. In the end, I find myself frustrated with my imperfections and in a seemingly hopeless lull.

So when change seems to taunt us like a desert mirage, how do we become better people? What’s the point of even trying?

In 2 Corinthians 3, the author talks about how, if we have turned to the Lord, then He will transform us into His image. Nowhere in the passage does it say that we need to change ourselves. In fact, we can’t change ourselves. No matter how hard we try, we will always end up feeling helpless and overwhelmed when we try to use our own strength to change.

Sometimes, it may seem like God is so distant and has no desire to help us change, but when we take a look at the truth, we know that God wants us to look more like Him. He has a strong desire for us to imitate Him and walk as closely with Him as possible. Because He knows how insignificant and fleeting our own efforts are, He gives believers His Spirit to help guide and uphold us.

God knows we can never be perfect. That’s why He gives us grace when we fail to change. So instead of becoming discouraged and feeling insignificant when you see so many areas that you could improve in, ask God to give you His strength. Pray that God will use your flaws as a learning opportunity and to draw you closer to His heart. 

Be encouraged in the fact that the Lord wants you to become more like Him, but loves you right where you’re at. In the words of my pastor, “God loves you too much to leave you where you are.” 

With Christ, change is no longer a taunting mirage, but instead an accessible spring of life-giving water.

Don’t get me wrong: change is not easy, but with God, it’s possible. The more time we spend with God in prayer and in the Bible, the clearer change becomes. If we are found in Christ, change becomes a great opportunity to express the goodness of our Creator.

Dear Lord, change is hard. So often, I become tangled in my responsibilities and expectations. Change becomes a taunting mirage that I can never seem to grasp. I’m easily tempted to despair because all I can see are unpleasant areas of my life that I can’t change. Father, I ask that Your

Spirit will work in me and transform me into the person You so desire me to be. Allow me not to become frustrated and reliant on my own strength, but instead, help me to wholeheartedly turn to You so that You make my life count for something. Whenever I think I can do this on my own, please draw me back to Your strength. Amen.

What areas of your life do you wish to change?
Have you been relying on your own strength to change?
Ask God to help you sort out practical steps you can take to change one area of your life this week.

Written by: Mikayla Moreen 

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