One of the outward signs of our internal walk with Christ is a changed life. Looking for and recognizing change is a sort of litmus test when it comes to evaluating our spiritual wellbeing, and looking that expectation in the face can be daunting.
Have I changed? Can I change? What would that even look like?
In Romans 12:2, Paul tells us to, “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
This transformation doesn’t happen all at once. When we are commanded to transform and when we ask to be renewed, it doesn’t happen overnight (usually). There are parts of our lives that can be hard to sacrifice, and behaviors that are hard to shake. But no sweat—God works from the ground up. He is a God of small beginnings, and He is concerned with the smallest parts of our lives. While there is a bigger picture for our lives, God tends to work with the smallest details.
When it comes to change, the smallest decisions can be the seeds of the biggest changes.
The conviction to change is put in us, and we are reminded of it and are called to act on it. Transformation is in the smallest actions and the smallest details. They might be small victories, but they are victories nonetheless, and they are a small step in the right direction.
What are you called to transform in your life? What are the areas that God is calling on you to change?
While God is focused on the potential he sees in you, and the big changes he wants to bring about in your life, he is more concerned with how you get there. He is rooting for you through each small step. Like a parent teaching their child to walk, he doesn’t expect you to perform 100%, but he does expect that you will walk eventually. And like every good parent, he is right there behind you, in front of you, beside you and all around you to encourage you and to pick you up when you fall.
However you are called to change, focus on what you can do right now. You may not be able to kick an addiction all at once, but you can try to say no in the moment. You might not have the best relationship with your spouse, but today you can take the steps to love them better. If you’re afraid, you can willingly step into the unknown with small steps. It may take time, and even though you may not see the change, that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening, and doesn’t mean that God doesn’t see it.
Small steps make a big difference. It’s these actions, day by day, that lead you into a transformed life. God delights in the small decisions, because he sees the potential, he knows the plan, and he is all about seeing it to its completion.
– Sarah Eberwein
Listen to this week’s message from Pastor Caleb