Change is always hard on people. We hate change. We resist change. Change in and of itself never brings joy to anyone. To change for change’s sake is miserable.
Don’t believe me? How do you feel when your favorite restaurant changes their menu and removes your favorite entrée’ (that’s happened to me). Or what about when there is construction on the road that you typically use for your daily commute to work and traffic is directed to take a detour? Do you enjoy these changes? I didn’t think so.
While we resist change and we gripe and complain when changes are are made, when the changes produce positive results, we’re more apt to tolerate changes. When you are working hard to exercise and eat healthy foods, and the result is weight loss, you celebrate this change don’t you. So you see it’s the positive results that we enjoy rather than the changes made to achieve this end.
To boil this down very simply, if intentional changes are made toward achieving a positive outcome, your desirable results will be achieved! In other words,
CHANGE –> RESULTS
This fact is no where truer than in the area of spiritual growth. In the Bible, this change is referred to as “repentance”. Repentance simply means, “remorse for sin that leads to a change of heart and a change of action.” If you can visualize a military “about face”. It is a 180 degree turn away from your sin and towards the face of God. It’s leaving a life that has been involved in sin and beginning a new life involved with Jesus.
*John the Baptist preached the bold message, “Repent for the Kingdom of God is near!” (Matthew 3:2)
*Jesus preached this same message of repentance! (Matthew 4:17)
*Jesus promised that, “there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents…” (Luke 15:7)
*The Apostle Peter included “Repentance” as part of the way toward salvation in Jesus.(Acts 2:38)
*In five of the seven Churches that Jesus addressed in Revelation, He called them to Repent.
(Revelation 2:5, 2:16, 2:21, 3:3, 3:19)
It is a spiritual impossibility to meet Jesus and stay the same.
This is really what Christianity is all about at it’s core. Christianity has nothing to do with WHAT YOU DO. Rather, Christianity has everything to do with WHO YOU ARE. (That’s worth a RETWEET!) Anytime in the New Testament someone met Jesus, they CHANGED! And that change ALWAYS led to restoration and life transformation. When Jesus met a loose floozy at a well in Samaria (John 4), she left a messenger for the Gospel who received a new life with a purpose. When a pompous tax collector met Jesus, he left his career and followed Jesus (Matthew 9). When a shrewd and conniving manager met Jesus, he for the first time found joy in his life (Luke 19).
Here’s the bottom line: If something is growing, it will always be changing! Don’t believe me, when was the last time you had to buy clothes for your kid who keeps growing?
The same principle applies to Christians. God calls Christians to change. God calls Christians to repent of sin and daily move closer toward Him. If you have not repented of sin lately, then you’re not growing…in fact you might need to check your spiritual pulse because you might be dead.
The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”
Take some time out right now and check your soul. You might need to make some changes by repenting of a few things. I’d love if you’d share your reactions to these changes by leaving a comment. Your contribution to the conversation might just spur someone else to start making some changes!
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