Saturday, February 16, 2013

Moving Forward Always Begins With Going Back

So often we look around at how we are doing as Christians, as employees, as spouses and friends and we rightly conclude things are broken. In light of the mess we see we set out to make changes. However, we go off in the wrong direction when we look to ourselves for change. Our problems are compounded when we move ahead without first going back. Pastor and author Tim Keller talks about how real christian change happens in his expository guide Galatians For You: For Reading, For Feeding, For LeadingHe writes:

Our failure to obey and conform to Christ’s character is not a matter of simple lack of willpower, and so we cannot treat our failures simply by “trying harder”.
We need instead to realize that the root of all our disobedience is particular ways in which we continue to seek control of our lives through systems of works-righteousness.
The way to progress as a Christian is continually to repent and uproot these systems in the same way that we became Christians—by the vivid depiction (and re-depiction) of Christ’s saving work for us, and the abandoning of self-trusting efforts to complete ourselves.

We must go back again and again to the gospel of Christ crucified, so that our hearts are more deeply gripped by the reality of what He did and who we are in Him.
Read the full article How Real Christian Change Happens

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