One Day at a Time
When we become a believer, putting our full trust in Christ’s resurrection on the cross, spiritually we are going from death to life. That part is instant. We are filled with Gods Spirit, which gives us the power to overcome sin in our life.
Once we have the Holy Spirit, we begin a transformation process. Our character, the way we think, all begin a process to reflect Jesus’ character. But, like any process, this transformation isn’t overnight.
This side of eternity, God is continually working on our heart and our character. And, how he works, is one day at a time.
He wants to take it one day at a time, so we trust in Him. It's like the old saying, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." You take a lifetime problem (you didn't get it overnight… that hurt, hang-up, habit) and your break it down into bite size pieces and you work on it one day at a time and you get God's strength one day at a time.
Here’s what that looks like. When you get up in the morning, you pray, "Lord, just for this day, I want to be patient; just for today, I want to think pure thoughts, instead of lust; just for today, I don't want to lose my temper; just for today, I want to be positive instead of negative." We ask God to help us for one day. Ask Him one day at a time.
This keeps us from making any rash vows. ("I promise to never do it again, clear into eternity.") We're doomed to failure, if we say that. One day at a time. Bite size pieces.
Matthew 6:34 So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Don't worry about tomorrow. Just today. Rome wasn't built in a day, character wasn't built in a day. Character defects aren't removed in a day.
We want instant everything. We want instant maturity, spiritual maturity. One day I'm a total mess, the next I'm Billy Graham. It doesn't happen that way. We must grow by inches. We must grow by days. One day at a time.
And, we must allow others to grow in this way. We can’t tear down people for how far they have to go. We should have grace for them and celebrate how far they have come.
And for ourselves, we should pause and thank God for whatever change or victory, no matter how small, "Thank You that You gave me help today." Any victory, no matter now minor, we thank God for it.