Our series this month is “Get Over Yourself”—stories of people who can’t get out of their own way until God intervenes. This week: spiritual growth is not all that hard. It’s becoming new that’s the real trick.
This week: spiritual growth is not all that hard. It’s becoming new that’s the real trick.
In Ezekiel 36, God paints a vision of salvation that consists of seven promises. And in Luke 5, Jesus draws our attention to the ways those promises are being fulfilled in him. One of them is the promise of transformation—our old unchangeable hearts replaced with new hearts ready to grow, being filled with a new spirit. It’s a process that erodes what’s false in us, leaving behind what’s genuine. This is the dimension of salvation that eventually frees us from the “law of the flesh” that Paul himself struggled against as much as anyone. And it’s a process we cannot accomplish for ourselves. If we really want to get over ourselves, we must lift our eyes to Jesus, “the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”