Why are we so resistant to change??
Is it because we think we don’t need to change? It’s just the other guy; he needs to change.
If Jesus is coming back for a perfect bride ( and he is); a bride without spot or wrinkle, then how is he going to do that unless we change? And by “we”, I mean me and you because we are not perfect. We don’t “have it together”. We are not usable vessels fit for the Master’s use. When the Holy Spirit says change, he doesn’t mean the person standing next to you; he means you.
The Church? The Bride? The Body of Christ is not ready for Jesus to come and claim her as his bride. She’s not ready; she’s not perfect. She’s got spots and she has wrinkles. These are not physical things we are talking about; these are internal soul and heart issues. We don’t love each other in unity of purpose. We need to get unified. We need to understand our purpose. We need to remember our redemption. We are no longer slaves that have no choice. We present ourselves as living sacrifices to our King and Saviour, or we walk around pretending he didn’t save us; or worse yet, we saved ourselves.
If the church, the Body of Christ, is going to do anything; then we, as individual members of that body, need to become usable. Usable vessels that can have living water poured into us, that we will pour out again to someone else. Vessels of honour and dishonour; the Master of the house chooses our use. We need to present ourselves for use, by presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice to the one who redeemed us from a life of sin. A life that was no life at all; we were dead. We are now love-slaves. Our master literally bought us with his love. Jesus gave himself as a sacrifice for our sin because he loved us. God is love. God doesn’t love; He is love. He does nothing, at any time, that does not embody love, or is motivated by love. How do we even begin to understand that?! Our human sin nature is not motivated by love. We are motivated by greed, love of self, envy, hatred, unbelief, and pride. We seek our own. We want back what we gave. If we give compassion, we want it back. If we give to charity; money, gifts, etc; we want a receipt. We want recognition for our good deeds. We want fame for our acts of “selflessness”. At the very least, we want acknowledgement for our kindnesses, our acts of mercy.
But that’s not God’s way of living. He says don’t seek your own; don’t expect it back; don’t even expect gratitude or recognition. It is more blessed to give than to receive. Why is that? Because we stop looking at ourselves. We stop being motivated by our needs and start meeting the needs of others.
We need to get usable.
We need The Church, The Bride to become mature.
In order for us to become usable, we have to change, because we are not usable the way we are. How do we know this?? Because we are not being used to the extent we could be. But we don’t want to change.. We want everyone around to change, so we look at the speck in the other guy’s eye, and ignore the big chunk of wood in our own eye and refuse to think we need any work done on us. We think it would be much better if they changed and we stayed the same.
No, it wouldn’t.
We are the ones that need to change. Let’s change. Let’s let Jesus change us into something usable.
Let’s become love-slaves for the master of our souls.
It’s just our reasonable service. Imagine that.