“Inside Out” by Dr. Larry Crabb (Chapter 2)

Chapter 2, which is entitled “An Inside Look Can Be Frustrating,” Dr. Larry Crabb says on page 46,

I want to taste the goodness of God to such an extent that I’m confident of the joy ahead. This kind of change calls for more than a dedicated effort on my part can produce. I’m talking about change in the very depths of my being, change of which I have less a taste than a vision, change I see little of in many, a great deal of in few, and fully manifested in only One. I want this kind of change…

True Life Christians (TLC) deep down have an aversion to change, for it says in the Holy Scriptures,

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23, KJV)

The Apostle Paul says in Romans 7:21-25 (NCV),

So I have learned this rule: When I want to do good, evil is there with me. But I see another law working in my body, which makes war against the law that my mind accepts. The other law working in my body is the law of sin, and it makes me prisoner. What a miserable man I am! Who will save me from this body that brings me death? I thank God for saving me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Even the Apostle Paul had some struggles with sin. Yet change is possible with Jesus Christ at the center of your life through the Holy Spirit. For Dr. Crabb says this on page 47,

Our Lord made it clear that doing right in His eyes required far more than a performance of certain activities. The entire law, He said, could be summarized in two commands: Love God and love others. We cannot honor these exhortations in even the smallest measure without profound internal change. Moral effort alone can never produce genuine love.

For us, TLC’s, the question is not if we will change but when. We owe it to Christ. For TLC’s have a calling on their life, and it is found in 1 Peter 2:21 which cries,

For to this you have been called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may walk in His steps. (ESV)

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