The phrase or excuse, “That’s just the way I am” gets thrown around way too often, especially in light of the Gospel.
We all have tendencies that are contradictory to the truths found in God’s word. To forfeit effort to be pleasing to God in a particular area because it’s not something that comes naturally to you is really inexcusable.
To take it a step further, it’s actually pretty selfish.
Think about it on these terms: Personally, as I have aged my natural tendency is to be more introverted. My wife clowns on me because I don’t like to go to certain restaurants that I feel like I have to really work to create relational energy. It would be easier for me to be a loner. BUT that’s not what is best for the people around me.
Your tendency is probably not much different. It’s something you have to fight or else it would take over. Maybe it’s difficulties with punctuality, or depression or sarcasm. Whatever it is, if it’s not life-giving then it’s the opposite.
I heard a quote one time that really encapsulates this notion. A pastor told a staff I was on, “Always do what is best for the church.”
I think we could hold ourselves to that standard on a personal level and even take it as far as “doing what is best for those around us”. Is my tendency affecting those around me in a dissenting way? Is my timeliness (or lack thereof) encouraging tardiness to others? Is my lethargic attitude rubbing off on the ethos of my organization? Are there hints of cynicism in my conversation that create negative shockwaves?
We can’t be crippled by the tendencies that have carried over from our lives prior to being a follower of Christ.
It doesn’t really matter who you were. It matters who you are. And the way that I’ve got it scored you’re a new creation.
2 Corinthians 5:17- Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!