Change

Change is a powerful thing. Change can cause a dull caterpillar to morph into a vibrantly colored butterfly. But change can destroy lives too. Too many people have made it a point in their daily lives to avoid change as much as possible. But if you examine God’s Word you will find that change is both natural and good in some cases. The Bible speaks in several places about one growing physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Growth in and of itself is change. By avoiding change as a whole we are hindering ourselves from growth on many different levels and thus halting the process by which we become unified with one another.

Change within our relationships is something we generally dread. But Jesus taught and the Bible speaks of change as a positive thing in many cases. Look at these passages:

“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”n~ Luke 2:52

Christ Himself was always seeking ways to advance his emotional and spiritual aspects of His life. We can learn very much just from this one passage alone.

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.~ 2 Peter 1:5-15

Here we see a progression of traits that God instructs us to be dilligent in obtaining in our every day lives. Not only do we have instruction to obtain these things, we have a warning of what will become of us when we don’t strive to incorporate these things into our lives. Our faith becomes ineffective when we are complacent and unopen to change.

I pray that you will meditate on these passages and in all things give God the praise for the life He has given you. Be blessed!

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