Calvin Wanted Change in His Life

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Spiritual life comes first, then change. Many incorrectly view Christianity as a self-improvement program as if God were there to help us better our lives.

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Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it (John 5:21).

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Calvin called the Basic Gospel broadcast, hoping we could help him sort out his life. In the course of the conversation, he described spiritual death to a “T.” Of all the problems he shared, the one that was most troubling to him was a sense of emptiness in his heart. He had tried everything imaginable to fill that void, but nothing worked. He turned to drugs and alcohol to mask the underlying pain and emptiness, but these substances werent helping. He wanted to change. He had asked God over and over to make his life different, but all his prayers seemed to go unanswered. His struggle to change led him to a point of desperation.

He was a blistered soul, tired and weary. He told me, “I’ve tried to do the right things. I pray for Gods help night and day, but I keep going back to my old ways. Is there hope? 

Calvin wanted change in his life. God had something else in mind for him. Gods priority for Calvin was life itself. It is life first and then change. Calvin was spiritually dead. There was only one solution. Spiritual life. That life comes through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Life first and then change. Thats the process God works in our lives. So many of us short-circuit the process. We leave new life out of the equation and focus merely on the change we hope and pray God can bring to our lives. In other words, we view Christianity as a self-improvement program as if God were there to help us better our lives.

I viewed Christianity this way. Like so many, I cried out to God time and time against for his help, but nothing changed. If anything, my feeble efforts made matters worse. I didnt know I needed life because I didnt know I was spiritually dead.

Death is the problem.

The gospel offers us life.

Live

Jesus made this fact abundantly clear throughout his teaching ministry. Hear his words: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Let the truth of His words flood your soul with thankfulness. Because of the gospel, you are alive in Him! That’s good news!

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