I Can Change, If I Want To

Comedian Red Green often closed his TV show with his so-called “Man Prayer:” “I’m a man; I can change; if I want to; I guess.” He did this for a laugh, but have you noticed how often good humor mirrors real life? This half-hearted commitment to make necessary changes unmasks our own hypocrisy. When we confess our sins to God, knowing that it is just a matter of time before we repeat the same offense, this sows seeds of apostasy.
Apostasy means to fall away from God. This happened to Cain in the fourth chapter of Genesis. Because his faith in God was defective, the Lord rejected Cain’s offering. When God accepted the offering of his brother, Cain reacted with jealousy and took his brother’s life. Before he did that, however, God gave him a chance to do the right thing. Genesis 4: 6-7 says, “Then the Lord said to Cain, why are you angry, why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door, it desires to have you, but you must master it.”
As soon as we are convicted of our sin, we must resolve to renounce it and change. This is repentance. To repent means to change both our mind and our actions to conform to God’s will; then “times of refreshing will come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)