When we refuse to let God change our natural dispositions, we are receiving the grace of God in vain. Many times, statements like these are made: “I can’t do that, because it’s not in my personality to be that way?” Or, “I’m too shy, old, young, inexperienced,” etc. It is so easy to be saved, yet remain in our natural temperaments, finding a theology that corresponds to and protects our way of living. Messages from the Word of God may, from time to time, challenge us to change, but we can become entrenched in this line of thinking. “For unto us was the Gospel preached, as well as unto them:but the word preached did not profit them not being mixed with faith in them that heard it” (Hebrews 4:2).
There is no joy or power to be gained from living in our natural personalities, because there is no daily transformation into His image (2); (3). “I shall be satisfied, when I awake with Thy likeness”(Psalm 17:15b). We must order our lives by faith, not sight (4), appropriating grace by faith in order to alter our natural disposition. Abraham Moses, Gideon, and Paul, great biblical examples, are men who operated in this manner.
Humility is the key to transformation. “But unto the humble, he giveth more grace” (James 4:6). As grace changes our lives, every situation becomes an opportunity to grow in that grace (5), and be changed into His image.