Continuing our look at healthy self-focus, which we started on the 16th Feb. Does God expect us to work on growth and self-improvement? Yes! But just as examining yourself too often is a bad thing, so is trying to change if it makes you too self-focused and leads you into discouragement and feeling defeated. The Bible's path to change is to turn away from self-focus and focus on Christ. Paul says:
While God wants us to look after ourselves, He doesn't want us to become worshippers of the body beautiful. . . we are made to worship Him not ourselves! For God, "improved flesh" is still "flesh". He's in the character transformation business. All your self-improvement strategies, listening to motivational speakers, reading self-help books, won't work half as well as focusing on Christ. Jesus is the only one who can transform your old self-nature without a whole lot of effort. If you focus on Christ and let Jesus do the work, it doesn't take your grit but His grace!
'So what will happen to my flesh?' God's ultimate plan is to replace it and give you a new heavenly body. Our earthly bodies are like cars for our spirit and soul. They are great when they are sleek and new, with that new car smell, (ever smelled a newborn babies head? Wonderful!) But over time they amass litter, pick up dirt, get dinged, dented, need repair and maybe replacement parts. Eventually they rust out and the chasis isn't good anymore and they are no longer safe to drive on the road. When they eventually are beyond worth repairing, we scrap them. It's the same for our flesh, when our bodies are old, run down and beyond repair, the manufacturer takes a look at our warrenty. As long as we have it stamped with Jesus Christ assurance, then we get a free new replacement body! The old body is scraped and buried or burned and we get a new one, plus benefits. That's why Paul wrote (Ephesians 4:22). So quit worrying about altering, adjusting, and patching up yourself, just focus on Christ - use this website, do daily Bible study - talk to Jesus and use the songs to worship, as you focus on Christ you will be released from the dominance of your old nature. You will be transformed from the inside out.