Hello, church! I hope you are doing well today. We are going to jump right in! Raise your hand if you like change. For those of you that do not like change, raise your hand. And if you are undecided, you do not have to raise either hand. Ha!
Why is it that we struggle with change so much? Ironically enough, change is one of the constants of life. We are changing, growing, from the day we were born. Really, from before we were born. Change happens every day of our life, and maybe that is why we struggle with it so much. Because it is all around us. For now, let us look at the change that God brings about, or wants to bring about, in our lives.
We see change all throughout the Bible. Life change. A guy on the road to Damascus. A woman at the well. Twelve guys that were asked to drop everything they were doing and follow Jesus. A little guy that climbed a tree to see Jesus. And one of my favorites, a guy that walked out of a tomb when Jesus called his name. Now THAT’S life change! LOL! All of these people, except for maybe the last one, had choices. A decision they had to make. They could choose to see the good, the bad, or GOD in the decision.
Real life change is not always easy. God desires us to be holy. This is the sanctification process. Without change, we cannot be made holy as He is holy. So, with that said, we should desire change in our lives, not just deal with it. We should be studying scripture, praying, seeking God in order to bring about change. The change that is needed in order to be more Christ-like.
There is so much more we could unpack when dealing with change. So many examples in the Bible of how change is good and needed. How are we going to respond to what we see and read in the Bible? Not everyone that we read about adjusted or embraced change well. We have choices before us when it comes to change. Will we embrace it? Will we resist it? Will we choose to see God in the change?
Here is what I have found to be true in my life. As I have grown in my walk with the Lord, I have grown less resistant to the change that God wants to bring about in me. My heart. And the reason I have become less resistant is because He has been faithful and never changing. We see in Hebrews 13:8 that “Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” So, in the midst of the life change that is needed in me, there is a constant in my life that has never changed and will be faithful to complete a good work in me. He wants to see the change happen in my life and is willing to help make it happen.
How will you view change in your life? Will you embrace it? Welcome it? Or resist what God is wanting to do in your life? It will not be always easy, but it will always be what is needed. Trust Him to reveal the change that is needed, and then make the change. Don’t just see the change, see GOD in the change.
Love you and praying for you today!
Pastor Tim Fus
Pastor of Worship Ministries