Dealing with change
Comfort zones feel like good places to be. We’re often reluctant to leave them. But we’ll never reach our full potential and become what God wants us to be if we resist change and insist on staying as we are. There are two kinds of change. 1) The change we must personally make. Astronaut James Irwin said: ‘You might think going to the moon was the most scientific project ever, but they literally threw us in the direction of the moon. We had to adjust our course every ten minutes, and landed only fifty feet inside of the five hundred-mile radius of our target.’ Every correction in the right direction, no matter how small, was essential to success. Let’s face it, we generally dislike changing things – it can be uncomfortable or unpleasant – so we try to resist or postpone it as long as possible. But in the end it’s the only thing that brings growth. The Bible says, ‘Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honoured’ (Proverbs 13:18 NIVUK). Change isn’t easy for us – it’ll take a conscious decision and effort to make whatever corrections are needed to keep us in the right track. 2) The change only God can make. His goal for our lives is to develop in us the character qualities of Jesus. But that can’t be done through our own effort – we need to draw on God’s power each day. His Word says: ‘We all show the Lord’s glory, and we are being changed to be like him. This change in us brings ever greater glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.’
Ask God for two things today: 1) Ask what small correction you need to make today to keep you on His path. 2) Ask Him to help you become more Christlike in character than you were yesterday.
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