You can set an auto-pilot to take you from Dallas to Chicago. You can turn the stick on the plane and force it to go South instead. But, eventually, you will get tired and the plane will make its way North again. So it is with our desires. We can force ourselves to do what we don’t want to do for a time, but eventually, what we want to do wins out. Eventually we do what we want.
From Josh Hunt’s book ‘Good Questions Have Small Groups Talking’. It reminds us that behaviour modification can never work without belief modification. We must come to believe something different and we will come to behave differently. Beliefs always drive behavior. As Willard said, "beliefs are the rails on which our lives run.
In the long run, people do what they want. Christian teaching is about changing what people want to do. If we don’t change what they want to do, we don’t change them enough. As Hunt puts it later on, “effective teaching gets people in touch with their God-given passions”. It gets people in touch with what they want–really want to do with their lives. Effective teaching changes people’s “wanter.”
Copyright © Chola Mukanga 2013