Some people change as easily as the seasons and yet there are many who embrace change as if they were hugging an angry porcupine! It’s a fight all the way with lots of kicking and screaming!
Growth means change and when we are opposed to change we are not open to growing. Therefore many Christians are still in the baby stage of their walk with God when they should be teachers of His word (Heb. 5:12). Have you ever seen a plant or a tree (or an organization) that’s growing and not in a constant state of change? For the plant or tree it’s easy. It just grows and the change is evident to everyone. Our life should be just like that—growing, changing, and evident to the world. The Word of God in us is the same. When planted in a fertile heart, it just produces, easily.
No Substitutions Please
If you’re like a lot of Christians, you have probably tried to change many times but find it hard and frustrating. Why? Because you aren’t going about it God’s way. Many substitute prayer, fasting, and self-effort for the seed of God’s Word. Don’t get me wrong, prayer and fasting are important! They are like water and fertilizer to a seed. And don’t make the mistake of thinking that not depending on self-effort means NO EFFORT! The only effort on your part is to put God’s Word in your heart and protect and nurture it. Then God’s Word will produce the change. You cannot disregard faith, but don’t turn your faith (or fasting or prayer) into a work of the flesh. A seed needs water and fertilizer. But it is the seed that has the design and the miracle that produces life in it. The Word is the seed but it needs to be watered and fertilized.
Eph. 4:15 says, ‘But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:’
How do we grow?
Well, we must eat and exercise and live a long time and experience things and learn from them along the way.
We Will Never Grow Unless We Want to Grow
We must WANT to grow.
1 Peter 2:2 says, ‘Desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.’
Many like being babies. They don’t want to grow. It’s easy to be a baby – no responsibility, others feed you, clothe you, and change your diaper. But we should never be content to being a baby throughout our life. That should not the goal you have before you. We are born babies so we can grow up and be productive and useful.
I guarantee that something in your life is about to change, so just get ready and grow with it. When Jesus came there was a change and the religious people did not want the change. People who are hard to change are normally religious in their thinking and ways of doing things, because they do or don’t do those things religiously.
The Covenant Changed
In Exodus 19: 4- 8 we can see something about change. Here there was an exchange of covenants and in verses 9-20 we see that everything changed. The children of Israel elected to come under a different covenant based on their performance, and it was not pretty. But thanks be unto God that all changed again under Jesus and God does not deal with us today like He dealt with the Old Testament people. Why? Because He is operating under a different agreement with us, His Sons and Daughters. We are under the agreement of grace and not law. It is no longer do good – get good and do bad – get bad.
Titus 2: 11& 12 says, ‘For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;’
If you think because you are under grace you can just go out and sin, then you really don’t even know what grace is. You do not understand grace. You are not under grace because you don’t know grace. Jesus is grace and truth. John 1:17, ‘For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Grace and Truth are a singular unit and a singular verb in the Greek language, they are synonymous terms. You cannot separate grace and truth, this unmerited favor is truth and this truth is unmerited favor. And they came by Jesus.
Look at Joseph, he did not have a law, so how did he know what to do? The answer is he had a personal relationship with God. To know Him is to love Him and to know Him is to understand just how much He loves you. When we have a real revelation of His love for us it will stop being all about how much we say we love Him and all about how much we tell of His great love for us.
Remember…look to your future and not to the past, learn to live in the grace of God and love much, forgive always and hold no bitterness toward anyone