“A change is as good as a holiday” was one of my mothers’ favorite quotes. She was right in that change brings a new-ness, a fresh-ness into stagnant, static situations. Change means: to make or become different, a change from the old to the new. Change also brings with it the potential and expectancy for things to improve. Life is about change, it is inevitable! We change day by day. Gods’ Word says that even the heavens will grow old like a garment (Hebrews 1:10-12) but God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He cannot change, He is forever perfect.
As we look into the mirror of Gods’ glory, holiness and perfection, our wretchedness reflects back at us. In that mirror, we see the true condition of our hearts, what needs changing in them and where our lives need adjusting. According to Gods’ plumb line, which is Jesus, the Word.
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; (Proverbs 22:15a)
The DNA of Foolishness is bound up in all of us, its helix corrupted our nature. Every one of us was born with unsanctified hearts. Our birth into sin was the direct result of the fall of man. We cannot blame Eve for the choice she made and the sequence of events that followed in the Garden of Eden because she’s in every one of us. You and I would’ve fallen equally short, had we been given the choice.
The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)
Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil. (Jeremiah 13:23)
These verses show that we cannot transform our own hearts from evil to good. The only way to do that is to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and ask Him to start his work of salvation and sanctification in us. He is the only way, and He shows us, helps us and invites us to walk with him on this road of sanctification.
Perhaps there are areas in your life that seem hopeless to change, and you feel like a leopard whose spots can never change. You may have tried external remedies like creams and cosmetics to alter the spots, or chemicals like bleach to strip away what you can see in your life…harsh remedies, chastising yourself as you go. The only way to change is from the inside out. It is impossible any other way. For a real, inside-out change we need a heart’s change, spiritual heart surgery, and only God can do that. We need to be willing to climb onto the operating table and allow Him to do the surgery, cutting away the callousness with the scalpel of His Word, incising between bone and marrow.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve cried many times before God, confessing a hardened heart, confessing that I cannot change, and many times, that I don’t want to change. I’ve measured my heart against the plumb line of the word and fallen desperately short. Those are the times I climbed onto the operating table and asked Him to do what I cannot do, to cut away what I can’t.
Allow God to come in today and bring your hardened, broken, discouraged or bitter heart before Him. Be real about where you are at and keep inviting Him in, until you see the change begin to happen. Wash yourself with the Word of God by reading it regularly and allow it to begin the sanctifying process of change in your heart.
Yes, ‘a change is as good as a holiday’, changing our hearts and aligning it with His word gives us His rest, His peace. It gives our souls a holiday. He will bring rest for your soul as you surrender your heart to Him.
He is faithful, and as we come with a humble, imperfect heart, He will do the work that He specializes in – the renewing of hearts!