Let Change BeginIt is not easy to effect change unless there is some sort of crisis attached to it. Reluctance to have change can lead to disaster.
Change seems difficult for most people. We are creatures of habit and seldom do we want our comfort zone challenged for any reason. In the recent American election, the “Obama chant” was all about the necessity for change. It is not easy to effect change unless there is some sort of crisis attached to it. Reluctance to have change can lead to disaster in our lives.
As followers of Christ, there must be constant change taking place. For us of older vintage, the key is growth. Growing in Christ, growing in knowledge, growing in grace; at least that is how Saint Peter saw it when he wrote his second epistle, as recorded in chapter 3, verse 18. Yet change or growth can be painful. As a child, I had hurtful growing pains in my legs at times. I also remember experiencing charley horses. My limbs were stretching, changing, growing, and it hurt!
Too often in our personal lives and at church, we want increase without change or pain. I fear we have adopted worldly values over biblical values in our present day because it’s the path of least resistance. Yet Saint Paul’s words are loud and clear in Ephesians 4:22-24: “...that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”
Change will never be effective until you get rid of whatever it is that’s holding you back. Paul says, “Put off... the old man.” The corrupt lifestyle of our past cannot be the conduct of our present. Again, Peter reminds us in 2 Peter 3:14, “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless....”
This, for me, is a picture of resting totally in Christ and fully relying on the Bible for guidance and knowledge. Obedience to God isn’t always easy, but it will save your soul. You may be struggling with change issues right now. Why not talk to a prayer partner who will pray with you not to run from positive change, but to embrace whatever it is our Lord is speaking to you about. Call the 100 Huntley Street prayer line. Our toll-free prayer line number is 1-866-273-4444. You’ll be glad you did.
Originally published in Crossroads Compass, January 2009.
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