grant that I may always be right," said a Scottish
Theologian, "for I never change." One of his
Calvinistic brethren declared, "I am always open for
conviction, but I'd like to see the color of a man's eyes who
could convict me."
Each used different words, but both came out at the same
destination. Neither one entertained the idea of change. Both
were stub-born, prejudiced, self-satisfied. They had closed
their eyes, ears, and heart to the truth, "lest haply
they should perceive with their eyes and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart, and should turn again and I
should heal them" (Mt. 13:15).
The person who is always right and never changes is usually
wrong on many things and always wrong in spirit. The
Christian's life begins with a fundamental transformation, the
new birth, continues with constant change. The born again
creature (Jn. 3:5) feeds on spiritual milk that he may grow
thereby unto salvation (1 Peter 2:1-2). God's children are to
press on unto perfection, that is, full growth, maturity (Heb.
6:1-2). The person who thinks he has reached the top of
Pisgah, beyond which no progress can be made, is "dead
while he liveth."
It is necessary to have definite ideals and strong
convictions. God hates a wishy-washy, namby-pamby,
un-steadfast person (1 Cor. 15:58, Eph. 4:14, 2 Tim. 4:1-8).
Truly, "a double minded man is unstable in all of his
ways" (Jas. 1:8). But we must make sure that our ideals
and convictions coincide with those of heaven. Strong
convictions may degenerate into stubborn opinions. Jesus said,
"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
free (Jn. 8:32). Our desire should be to know his will and
then do it.