From the experience of years, I can now look at my life and see the tremendous changes God has made in my character, my thinking, and my feelings as well. Sometimes it is hard for one to see the changes God makes in you in the present because He works so subtly, changing each person in small steps. But the small steps begin to mount over the years, if you remain committed to a Christian walk, submitting to God in all things, and remain committed to loving service and to prayer and meditation on His Word. Eventually, you reach a point that you can look back on the years and not recognize the person you once were. However, from the experience of years, I can also look around me at other people that I’ve known over the years or people that I know at present that are around my age, and I can see that there are people that do not change or change very little. God usually does not force himself on us, so we have to be willing to change. We have to be submissive to His touch when he tries to mold us just as a potter molds the clay (Isaiah 64:8 and Jeremiah 18:1-7).
But it is clear that some do not submit willingly to the touch of God and resist all change, as if they have told God, “This is as far as I go, and I will not go any further.” I see and have seen many that harden their minds, becoming “willingly ignorant” of the truth (2 Peter 3:5). Also, many harden their hearts and wills, not allowing any work of God’s Spirit (Ephesians 4:18). It is truly a mystery to me why people would choose ignorance and sin over the freedom that God gives us when He works in our lives, but there are many who do so. For some, it is because of fear and unwillingness to sacrifice or submit; they are comfortable in the place they are in and believe it is enough. They are not willing to risk anything further, not willing to have any discomfort. Some are simply lazy and are not willing to do the work or risk the pain of going through those difficult experiences that result in growth. Still others are full of pride and have darkened their consciences, not seeing the truth because they think in their pride that they know everything they need to know and will not listen to wisdom from God and from others. There may be still other reasons for people choosing sin, but it is hard for me to understand, knowing how richly God has blessed me by His work in my heart and mind, why anyone would reject the riches of God for the treasures of this world which can be corrupted and stolen (Matthew 6:19-21).
I pray that you would discover the riches of God in your life and that you would be submissive to His touch, growing in Him more every day.