How long have you been following God for? A week? Month? Ten years? Cool. Now, think about this: how much have you developed? Write down two or three things that God has changed in you. Jot them down now.
Done? Now then, we'd like to put a theory forward: the longer you serve God, the bigger your understanding of Him-in-your-life definitely should be. For instance, when you first became a Christian, you might have struggled with a swearing habit. But what about two years in? If that habit has been kicked, good on you! Or, are you still struggling with some of the same old stuff, turning a blind-eye to God's promptings to change?
Remember the God we've learned about in the last couple of days? The tremendous, all-powerful God? He cares enough to change you. It's not about being perfect. It's about allowing God to take the reins (His role) and putting effort in (your role) to give up those habits so that you can reach better things. Hard work on your character now will pay off later. We aren't kidding! When you begin to really give it over to God, you'll appreciate this 'life-to-the-full' business even more.
So what now? Tell someone about how God has changed your life. Or go to Word For You Today's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wordforyoutodaynz) and comment on today's reading online. Sharing your journey will encourage others!
SoulFood: Exo 20:16, Pro 24:28, Matt 5:33-37, Acts 5:1-11 (Commandment 9: Don't tell lies)
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by Rhema Media. 2011 UCB International Ltd