Change; it’s sometimes a hard word to hear because it means that things will not be as they are right now. Change is not always easy but it is necessary. It is a basic part of life and as time passes things, places and people all go through the sometimes, painful process of change.
Life is in a constant state of change. Life is like a river continually flowing and never the same twice. Every day is filled with wins and losses, opportunities and misses, hurt and healing. It is just a part of being alive. Think about your life for just a moment. How much has your life changed in the last ten years?How many of you have moved to a new home? How many children, grandchildren, great-grand children have joined your family? How many cars have you owned in ten years? How many of you have changed jobs or retired in the past ten years?
Change is a necessary part of life and being alive. What would happen if babies just stayed the same and never changed? They would never reach maturity, never grow and never become what they were meant to become. What would happen if the weather never changed? We would have one aspect of the cycle all of the time and lose the cycle and balance that is needed to sustain life. Ask any gardener, you need rain as much as we need sun.
Change is a part of life but do we truly have an accurate understanding of what it really is? What is change? For some people change is the money that is given back after they buy something or the coins that you carry or have in a dish at the house. Webster defines change as a period of transition, a type of movement or doing something out of the ordinary. There are times when the changes of life happen so fast or so radically that we feel overwhelmed and we become completely unsettled.
Change is the only way that we can see progress. Change that works is what we call progress – John Maxwell. Jesus has called the church to look forward and to move forward that is progress. Our greatest task as Christians is to lead people to find the change that will bring them into the Kingdom of Christ! We are not meant to fear change but rather we are meant to embrace and even help create it! Throughout the Bible God has used people to fulfill His purpose for humanity and to complete His mission. The fact that God chooses to use fallible human beings to complete His mission and purpose for this world is a testament to His grace, His love and His power.
Think about it for a few moments. God used Moses, an unwilling shepherd to lead His people out of the bondage of Egypt. God used David, a shepherd boy to do what no soldier in Israel would do, kill a giant. God used Nehemiah, an enslaved food taster to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in just a few months. God used Peter, an uneducated fisherman to preach the greatest sermon in church history. God used Paul, a persecutor of the church to plant churches all over the ancient world.
What has really changed from that time until now? Today is no different than those days. Jesus is searching right now for someone who will simply answer His call, stand for His truth follow His leading and be His change agent in this corner of the world.
To a certain degree we are creatures of habit and resist change. Why? The reason is that unwanted change moves us out of our comfort zones. We are not sure of the outcome of change. Therefore, we are reluctant to accept some of the changes that we must experience. We all have our settled daily routines.
Change causes us to reevaluate our lives and make adjustments. Change can move us to look at ourselves differently and see our lives from a new perspective so that we can change for the better. Think of the change the disciples faced when Jesus was crucified. They were reluctant for this change to occur. The disciples desired that Jesus establish His kingdom in a physical sense and relieve them from the bondage of Roman rule. Yet, after Jesus left them they realized their true mission and were motivated to be used to build Christ's kingdom as God intended by preaching the Gospel and performing the good works of Christ for His sake.
As we enter a season of change, let us remember that change happens whether we like it or not. Its our job to put that change to good use. Change is in the air are you going to be a part of it!