The Way DAY 4 - Real Change

DAY 4 - Real Change

Luke 3:8

Change must be real, as emphasized by John the Baptist in Luke 3:8: "Produce fruit in keeping with repentance." 

Think about someone who says, “I love you!” but fails to show it through tangible actions. I once knew a man with incredible kids, but his sporadic gifts couldn't compensate for the lack of child support. His love sounded like empty words.

Following Jesus means committing to genuine change. It's about learning the Way of Jesus, caring about following His teachings, and welcoming the transformation by God's Spirit within. As you follow Jesus, expect to see more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in yourself as time goes on.

People often evade real change in all kinds of ways, even using religion as a shield. Some think their parents or spouses are religious enough for them both. Others hide behind their religious upbringing. 

Engaging in religious activities can also become a substitute for actual change. Excuses like being too old or too young to change are common, but Jesus never excuses us from change because of age. Saying, "That's just the way I am," is no excuse either. When we excuse bad behavior that way, we actually make it our goal, not our explanation. Only when we embrace real change can we make room for God to work.

What’s an example of fake change you’re familiar with? What’s an example of authentic change? What makes one fake and one authentic?

Father, you love me - and your love is real. Your love can change me for the better. Perfect in me your love until love for God and others consumes me. Amen.