Time to Change
Thursday - March 24th
Scripture to Read Today: Ephesians 4:17-32
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
My brother Troy and I watched TV after school each afternoon growing up. We watched shows like Bugs Bunny, Gilligan's Island, and the Brady Bunch. All of these shows played on local channels in syndication. In other words, they were reruns. For those under 40, please click here to understand what a "rerun" is. Troy and I each have our favorite episodes of these shows. For me, one of my favorite Brady Bunch episodes first aired on January 14, 1972. It was the sixteenth episode of season three, titled "Dough Re Mi."
In the episode, the Bradys' older brother Greg needs $150 to cut a record. Greg forms a singing group with his siblings to get the money, but Peter's voice begins to change. So, Greg writes a new song to accommodate his cracking voice. The episode actually features two songs: "We Can Make the World a Whole Lot Brighter" and "Time to Change."
"Time to Change" referenced the various life changes that occur during the teen years. When the Brady kids would get to the main chorus' title line, Peter would sing the line as a solo. As he did, his adolescent voice crackled and squeaked (see the click at the bottom of this devotional). Usually, something like that would ruin a song. But Greg had written it so that Peter's voice helped communicate the song's theme as he squeaked out "time to change." The song made the point that adolescence is a time to change—nothing you can do to avoid it. Change will happen.
As the Apostle Paul wrote to the first-century church at Ephesus, he emphasized that when we are in Christ, God expects change in our lives. We are no longer the same as we were before Christ entered our lives. Therefore, from the moment we cross the line of faith until we enter God's presence, we are to engage with God on our transformation. We are to leave behind the sinful and selfish patterns of this world and pursue the character of Christ.
We do not change ourselves; God changes us. As we do the things God calls us to do in His Word, God makes us more like Jesus. Our obedience places us under the direct influence of God, and His Spirit can mold us and shape us. In Ephesians 4:17-32, Paul describes who we were before Christ, how we engage in the process of deep life transformation, and what the results of such a change are.
In verses twenty-two to twenty-four of that Ephesians passage, God commands us to put off the old and put on the new. We are to put off our old way of thinking, old character, old attitude, etc. But, it is not just about what we remove. Spiritual transformation includes who we become - what we add. As we choose to put off the old and put on the new, God's Spirit changes us from the inside out.
For Peter Brady, adolescence was a "time to change." As followers of Christ, our entire life journey is our "time to change." The Christian life is about constant transformation so we can live and love like Jesus more every day. Every moment is our "time to change."
As we walk with God and obey Him, He changes us more and more into the image of Christ!