You do not need to stay the way you are.
This is the essence of the Gospel.
You are no longer a sinner, separated from God.
You are saved, redeemed & a new creation.
I know this to be true. But yesterday I was challenged because I don't always take this truth into every part of my life. Personally, I must beware of settling into "just staying the same" in certain areas of my life, areas that may look immovable or irreparable or hopelessly-me.
For example, I tend to speak these words to myself often: "I will always worry about how I look, that's just the way I am." Or I say this to myself, too, "I will always care about what people think of me, that's just who I am."
Oh, what lies I am speaking to myself!
Have I not read this verse a million times? Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Cor 5:17)
And this one: We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Rom. 6:4)
And this one: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Rom. 12:2)
This is the truth. For me.
There is always hope in Jesus.
I do not need to stay the way I am.