The apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come”.
The very heart of the Christian faith revolves around change, but it is not turning over a new leaf – it is living out a new life.
Change is something we all need. It is an ongoing part of life. With its constant flux, life demands adjustments for our schedules and plans. Essentially, change is the new norm. But people’s spiritual lives call for more than slight changes to the calendar. Their lives are in need of transformation.
In the Old Testament, we see how this cycle played out in the life of Solomon. He tried to change through human ingenuity when he needed divine intervention. And he was the smartest person – ever.
(Read Ecclesiastes 1:12-18.)
John 3:3 Jesus calls it being “born again.”
Real change is a process, not a destination
“I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
“By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires” (2 Peter 1:4)
“We all, with unveiled faces, are reflecting the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Change is letting go and grabbing hold
“Be holy as I am holy” sound like an impossible task. Its possibility comes by the work of God and not the work of man.
Here are some of the reasons that change is difficult for people:
a. Because we are stubborn
b. Because we are trapped
c. Because we are comfortable
d. Because we are afraid
d. Because change hurts
e. Because we lack power
“But that is not how you learned about the Messiah, assuming you heard Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus: you took off your former way of life, the old man that is corrupted by deceitful desires; you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; you put on the new man, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth” (Ephesians 4:20-24).
Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing
January 8, 2014
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