There is a leadership principle called “Self-awareness.” This means you a have conscious knowledge of one’s own character, communication, presentation, feelings, motives, and desires. Seems simple? It is not. Many do not possess this quality. They don’t realize how they are perceived, they way they communicate, or character flaws. If you are a supervisor, or business owner of employees, that have no self-awareness. They just don’t seem to know when they offend others, speak caustic, act inappropriately, or continue to present themselves in an unprofessional and bizzarre manner.
As we grow in faith, the desire and goal of the believer in Christ it to change and be more like Christ. For that to happen, one must need “self-awareness” to know where their lives, character, communication, or relationships are not Christ-like. This is where we need God’s help. Sure, we all know some obvious things where we need change, more sleep, less weight, and the like. But the Lord wants to change us deeper in our hearts that don’t just affect our behavior, but our character and who we are.
This is where we cooperate with the Holy Spirit. He is God, lives in us, and shows us in many creative ways that changes in our hearts are needed. Deep change happens when “self-awareness” meets the person of the Holy Spirit, and his nudgings and leadings show us where we need to be more like Christ, more loving, patient, kind, joyful..etc.
These verses at the beginning of Romans, show that deep change comes and the Lord renews how we think, therefore how we act, how we talk, what we value, and what we worship. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12.1-2
Where could you use some change and transforming? Are you self-aware of areas in your life you need God’s help to change. This starts in the heart, in faith, in giving our lives over to the Lord, and cooperating with him for changes that will reflect Christ.