“And be not conformed to this world… be transformed… prove what is good…” [Romans 12:2]
Did you ever stop to think that the transforming power of God can only be released through change, and life is measured by the moment by moment decisions we make to move away from the shoreline of yesterday.
When the pioneers of radio evangelism started using the airways to proclaim the Gospel, they labored against a loud, persistent chorus of criticism. Clarence Jones, co-founder of missionary station HCJB in Ecuador, faced these questions: Will God prosper this new-fangled fad since it operates in the very realm of Satan – the air? Don’t the Scriptures clearly portray the devil as the prince of the power of the air?”
Change never gains the popular vote. It is an individual choice – not automatic and will move us away from the familiar. Change is very costly, but not as costly as standing still in the mire mediocrity, spiritual starvation and stagnation. The climate of change is up to us; it is at the crossroads of a changing society that we become the CHANGE AGENTS. We influence one way or the other in three basic ways.
- Atmosphere – you create the atmosphere by your eagerness to change, to trust in the powers that be and abandon yourself to God. “Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen…” [2 Corinthians 4:18a AMP]
- Attitude – you choose your attitude, not of resigning to the inevitable, but by acceptance with great anticipation, which brings great joy! ”Consider it wholly joyful… whenever you are enveloped in or encounter [change] trials of any sort…” [James 1:2 AMP]
- Adaptation – your willingness to adapt and adjust to new things will seem easy if the first two are in place. ”Those who trust in, lean on, and confidently hope in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides and stands fast forever.” [Psalm 125:1 AMP]
Are you managing change – or is change managing you? Change is not just something ‘put on us by the world.’ By the very nature of the new birth we become change agents in the world in which we live.
Change for those following Christ is a way-of-life!
Further Reading: Ephesians 2:21-22