The Power to Change

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God takes us as we are, but He never leaves us that way. Let's be thankful for all the ways He's changing us.

Read: Romans 12:1-8

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. —Romans 12:2

Educator and best-selling author Tony Wagner is a firm believer in “disruptive innovation” that changes the way the world thinks and works. In his book Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, he says, “Innovation occurs in every aspect of human endeavor,” and “most people can become more creative and innovative—given the right environment and opportunities.”

Paul was a first-century innovator who traveled throughout Asia Minor telling people how they could be transformed by faith in Jesus Christ. To the Christians in Rome Paul wrote, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think” (Rom. 12:2 nlt). He urged them to give themselves fully to God (v.1). In a self-centered, greedy, and grasping world, Paul nurtured and mentored them in how to live a Christ-centered, giving life.

The world has changed dramatically since Paul’s time. But the longings of people for love, forgiveness, and the power to change remain the same. Jesus, the Great Innovator, offers all of these and invites us to experience a new and different life in Him.  —David McCasland

I’m thankful for the ways You’re changing me, Lord. Help me to be open to You and to cooperate with Your work in me. Transform me to be like You.

God takes us as we are but never leaves us that way.

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