This New Year I have been thinking a lot about change and why it does, or does not, happen.
I read a great book on it called (very imaginatively) ‘You can change‘ by the new Pope Timothy Chester 3rd. To be fair, it was brilliant.
Tim really helps you see that deciding to change and therefore attempt to change in your own strength is doomed to failure. Rather, he shows that we need to understand and embrace the gospel more… and we will automatically change.
Indeed, he illustartes that we view sanctification like pushing a boulder up a hill. But he says it should be like a boulder rolling down a hill when the gospel is at work in our lives.
Radically refreshing teaching!
So, where does good old ‘classic Calvin’ fit into this?
Well, there is nothing new under the sun, and it seems that everything we say, Calvin said it first:
‘For, until men feel that they owe everything to God, that they are cherished by his paternal care, and that he is then author of all their blessings, so that nought is to be looked for away from him, they will never submit to him in voluntary obedience; nay, unless they place their entire happiness in him, they will never yield up their whole selves to him in truth and sincerity.’
Yep, we need the gospel!
Application question: Are you preaching the gospel to your self every day?