“A new command I give you: Change one another. As I have changed you, so you must change one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you change one another.”
Do you ever read Scripture this way? This is John 13: 34-35, yet it’s not exactly what Jesus said. He didn’t say our job was to change everyone.
That is not to say that we shouldn’t change, nor that we don’t want people to change. The truth is everyone of us have parts of us that need to change. We all need to be transformed into the image of Christ in some way. Every one of us needs to make the change from having ourselves as Lord to letting Jesus be Lord. Yet, it’s not my call to change you. It’s not my call to decide how you should live your life and make you conform to my preference or ideals. Nor is it your call to change me.
God is the one who can change us.
This doesn’t mean we don’t alert one another to the reality of God and the truth of his Word. But it does mean, we realise that it’s only God who can bring about transformation.
God is the one who alerts us to our brokenness, he illuminates our soul so that we can understand his word more clearly, He convicts us of our sin, and He gives us the strength to walk with Him.
God will transform us if we let him. He does this because he loves us. He does this because he is the God of love.
So not surprisingly, His command is this.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”