You Will Change the World

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.”

– Romans 7:15-18

Paul, who wrote this passage in Romans, came out of a society immersed in shame. He was a Pharisee, and Pharisees were all about perfection. Basically, if you do everything right, you’re in, but if you mess up, you’re out. So Paul, who struggled with strictness, stars teaching others that life isn’t about being perfect, it’s about faith. He becomes vulnerable while teaching, saying, “I do the things I shouldn’t do. I struggle with the things I shouldn’t struggle with. I do what I hate and I don’t do what I want to do.” He’s describing a thorn in his side, but we don’t know what it is. Was it a sickness? Was it an addiction, a sin? None of us know. What we do know is that it was an imperfection. It was something Paul hated. But despite it, God used him to change the world. And God is going to use you to change the world.


 God, help me change the world.


What is the thorn in your side?

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