There’s this great line in the movie, “As Good As It Gets,” when the impossible-to-change main character finds a sweet spot for a hard working, down-on-her-luck waitress and mom with eternal hope. After slowly working through several deep-seated personal issues, the main character says to the woman, “You make me want to be a better man.”
As Christians, our hope is not in someone who can inspire us to be better, but rather in someone who will make us better. The work of Jesus Christ in the human heart is transformative, not simply inspirational. A life in Jesus changes our lifestyle, our priorities, our politics, our morals, and our entire way of thinking. When our lives stand on the rock of Jesus, we have a foundation like no other and a vantage point that sees beyond others.
And so, we must not merely aspire to be better people, but we must believe in Jesus, the only hope we have of actually being “better.”
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. 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 NIV)