One thing I’m learning in this season is to stop being defensive when God reveals something about my character. I used to tell God “I don’t think I’m like that” or “I don’t do that”, but now I listen and make the necessary changes. (James 1:22- But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.)
Giving your life to Christ is only the beginning of this Christian journey. It's more than just turning from your sin, you have to let God mold you in His image. He is the Potter and we are the clay. The Lord spoke to Jeremiah and told him to go down to the shop where clay pots and jars are made. (Jeremiah 18:3-4- I did as He told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar that he was forming didn’t turn out as he wished, so he kneaded it into a lump and started again.) If we don’t learn what God is teaching us the first time, He’ll keep us on the Potter’s wheel until we get it right. If we don’t allow God to mold us, how will He be able to use us?
When I started seeing things the way God sees them, my perspective changed. I’m constantly asking God to rid me of anything that’s not like Him and now I love when He tells me about myself. This is a lifelong process and I never want to think I have it all together because there will always be more growing for me to do.
People are always saying “that’s just the way I am”, but when we get saved, we are not the same person we once were. (Romans 12:2- Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how His ways will really satisfy you.) When we allow God to change us, we’ll be living a life that pleases Him. As we are being transformed we begin to let go of bad habits, bad character traits and bad mindsets. We go from “that’s just the way I am” to “I need to stop doing this”.
There’s no need to be defensive when God reveals something about you that He doesn’t like. For example, God has been dealing with me about being prideful and I honestly didn’t think that I was, but how can I tell God I’m not prideful when He knows every single thing about me and the thoughts and intents of my heart. Sometimes we don’t realize the bad things about our character because our heart is deceitful. (Jeremiah 17:9- "The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?) Thankfully, we serve a God who sees all the ugly pieces of our life and still chooses to love us. He loves us so much that He can’t let us stay in the condition we’re in.
Continue to allow God to mold you in His image. He isn’t going to tell you to stop doing something for no reason. Clearly it’s something you do that He doesn’t like and if you’re submitted to Him, you need to be willing to change. Be encouraged knowing that God has your best interest at heart.