Ordinary church life, prayer, Bible reading, preaching, teaching, singing, the Lord’s table, baptism and fellowship; activities that don’t normally lend themselves to off-the-chart experiences. But theses are the necessary ingredients that when are consistent exercised they compound and shape your life as a believer. Over time, one can look back with some surprise and say, “God has been so gracious, he has changed my life” as a result of both the ordinariness and of God’s faithfulness.
It’s all about an inner change, a character change that only comes about by a transformation of our minds, hearts which first takes place by…and here it is…the center post of all change…the conversion of your soul.
No longer given to the things of the flesh but of the Spirit. You can modify our fleshly behavior all you want, but you’ll not change the core of who and what you are until God converts the soul.
Dress it up like you want…change locations…find new friends…go to rehab…try all of man’s solutions and you’ll find yourself in perhaps with a new set of objectives, a new set of behaviors…but no power to find the kind of change that’s eternal…one that changes the soul…that only comes through Christ.
That is a description of the sanctification process, where throughout the rest of our lives, we who have been made holy by the sacrifice of Christ, progress in the outworking of that holiness as we grow and mature (1 Corinthians 6:11). As we fall more deeply in love with our Savior in the course of an ongoing pursuit of Him (Philippians 3:8-16), we are transformed into His image (2 Corinthians 3:18) and we are conformed to His image (Romans 8:29).
Biblically, change is no less an expectation for the homosexual than it is for the porn addict, the liar, the murderer, jealously, (Galatians 5: 19-21) or anyone else who has been under the power of sin.
Galatians 5:1; “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.”
The core of the Gospel message is this: you are God’s image bearer. Sin has shattered that image and no amount of effort without the aid and empowerment for the Holy Spirit will change you. When you utter these words; “I’ll and change” you have just re-shackled yourself into another cycle of defeat and disappointment.
God’s redemption is to restore this image…and this is only possible through what Jesus has done for us.
We are not talking about rehabilitation…we are talking conversion of the soul…a new creation spoken of in 1 Corinthians 5:17. The old passes away—all things have become new!
Without this new birth we don’t recover from our sins…or sinful nature. Why, because it doesn’t change from the outside. It takes a miracle from God to change our hearts, our character, and our motives that which drives us to do what we do.
We need a new nature and that what Jesus brings us. This image which was lost and shattered in the Garden of Eden.