How many of you have ever been on a diet? Any kind of diet? Healthy foods, or to lose weight, or to gain weight? I know, right? Like all the time.
When you are on a diet, if you cheat and eat a cupcake do you automatically gain 300 pounds and can’t fit in any of your clothes? No. But that small choice of eating a cupcake has an effect on your diet, in the long run right?
The same thing happens when you “cheat” on your relationship with God. If you skip reading your Bible one night, does a lightning bolt come down from the sky and strike you dead? No, but not reading your Bible affects your relationship with God in the long run right?
If you are trying to eat healthy foods and you eat pizza and ice cream all weekend, will you suffer a heart attack on the spot? No, but in the long run it will have an effect on your health.
If you are married and you flirt with another person, does God pop down from heaven and put the cuffs on you and take you straight to divorce court? No, but in the long run flirting will have an effect on your marriage, right?
Mrs. Claus is Crazy I know these are crazy examples, but they are supposed to make you think about the choices you are making every day. Take your every day, walking around life and present it to God as a living sacrifice to Him. Romans 12:1-2
You don’t have to listen to me right now, you can decide or choose that Mrs. Claus is a crazy person and she doesn’t know what she is talking about. You can ignore this advice and keep on doing what you have been doing. But let me ask you one question. Has YOUR way worked so far? The way you have been living your life and the choices you have been making. . . how’s that working out for you? Baby Steps I teach a class on customer service at my job and sometimes people think I am weird when I tell them that they have to start with themselves if they want to help others. We spend about 3 weeks just working on ourselves before we start talking about how to help other people. If you are unhappy with yourself, how well do you think you can help others? Pretty pathetic isn’t it? To think of a sick person trying to make another sick person feel better .
So how? How do we do it? Baby steps!
Well, just like you can’t wake up one morning and decide to be a heroin addict, you can’t wake up one morning and decide that all your problems are going to go away. If you accepted Christ as your Savior that’s only the first step, now for the rest of your life you have to get up every day and follow Jesus’ example. Jesus is the example that we are supposed to follow every single day. Romans 8:29-3021 DAYS It has been proven that human behavior can take 21 days to condition. Have you ever heard that it takes 21 days to break a bad habit? Well, it takes 21 days to make a good habit too.
You just work on one thing at a time, and then after a while you won’t have to think about working on that one thing anymore. The Holy Spirit will show you another thing that you need to work on. And little by little, one choice at a time you will be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:1-2