Speaking the Truth in Love

Yes, You Can Change

Yes you canYou cannot quit drinking. You are an alcoholic. You cannot treat your wife in a kind and gentle way. You have a temper. You cannot live a meaningful life in the body God gave you. You are a prisoner in your own flesh.

In 1976, Americans celebrated Bruce Jenner as the greatest athlete in the world. He went to the Olympics in Montreal and beat out the Soviets, winning gold in the decathlon. In 2015, Americans are celebrating Jenner for the courage to “come out” as a trans woman. He is calling himself Caitlyn and now prefers the feminine pronouns “she” and “her.”

It’s heartbreaking. Satan wants to dash our hopes and crush our spirits. He has mustered his loud chorus of media, friends, and family. In unison everyone sings the same tune: “You are powerless. You can’t change. Life as you are is hopeless.”

But praise God that another voice can be heard! The voice of Jesus. When the Pharisees criticized him for eating with “tax collectors and sinners,” he said that “those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:30-32). Yes, we can change. Repentance is a change of mind and behavior. Jesus is both physician and prescription.

“Are you tired? Come to me for rest. Are you hungry? Come to me and be satisfied. Are you thirsty? Come and drink the water welling up to eternal life. Are you broken and confused? Come to me and I will bandage your wounds. Do you need a doctor? My child, please come. That’s what I’m here for.”

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