In the Fall of 2014 I participated in a Porterbrook learning center. Through this endeavor I studied a module called Gospel Change. The following essay was the product of 9 weeks of individual journal entries that focussed on the theme of the gospel producing change in my life. I pray it benefits you in your journey.
I began by choosing an area of my life that I wanted to change. I was able to choose from a type of behavior, a negative emotion, or a virtue or fruit of the Spirit that I felt was particularly lacking in my life. My gospel change project was summarized this way… I want to be more patient and gentle rather than impatient and harsh or angry.
I saw a Facebook post from a friend recently that said “We need to learn to love people & use possessions instead of using people & loving possessions”. What a great summary of how my attitude towards possessions can be the means by which I expose people to the gospel!
Have you ever been in a situation with a friend who says “Let’s focus on the positive, on what I’ve done well.” “Everyone else does it.” “It seemed the sensible thing to do.” “I did it with good intentions.” “I was afraid of other people.” Consider those comments in light of 1 Samuel 15.
Have you ever known someone struggling with addictive behavior who has been told that their addiction is due in part to their low self-esteem?
I come from a long history of addictions. My family has deep roots in various addictions from drugs to alcohol to sexuality to the constant pursuit of material belongings. The church I am part of planting is bursting at the seams with people who are currently struggling or have struggled very recently with various forms of addiction. Thankfully I am witnessing the Lord’s power at work as he continues the process of freeing me and many others in our community from these behaviors though it has been a slow process – sometimes much slower than I wished it would be.