Okay, the title is a bit overly dramatic. The one who can really change your life is Jesus, from the inside out, from now to eternity, by his power and not yours.
Dallas Willard had this right (okay, he had a lot of things right): Grace is opposed to EARNING, but it is not opposed to EFFORT.
We do nothing to earn salvation. But we do seek to grow in knowing Christ, loving him, and serving him with greater effectiveness. Understanding this, I would like again to say here are 7 words that can change your life:
WHAT YOU DELIBERATELY PRACTICE GROWS INCREASINGLY STRONGER.
I know, an overuse of adverbs. But these matter. It’s not just practice, it’s deliberate, intentional practice. You don’t grow like bamboo, you grow more like an oak. It takes time. But you will get stronger.
In fact, you already are. If you find yourself daily growing annoyed or frustrated at the news cycle, your social media feed, or the obvious brokenness around us, you will practice being frustrated, lashing out, and judging people. And judging yourself. You are probably getting better at it.
But if you intentionally and deliberately choose to practice joy in the gospel, daily reminding yourself of his grace, you will grow stronger in joy. If you deliberately practice gratitude, you will become more grateful.
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