Saturday, September 19, 2009
Remember This If You're Teaching to Change Lives
There's an old saying amongst preachers:
"Preach against sin, people will nod in agreement and smile. Talk about change, and you'll tick them off every time."
Welcome to human behavior 201.
People resist change where they perceive a loss. And almost any change will create a loss. Transformational change must be a work of the Holy Spirit, because human psychology alone just doesn't get people through major changes.
Much has been written about facilitating change, leading change, and promoting change. Do some internet searching if you're interested. There are certainly some good articles and books.
But, as a Bible teacher desiring to see transformational change in people's hearts and minds, you must pray. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. Invite God to work. Plead for God to work. Pray consistently. When you see God moving, give thanks and keep praying!