ON THE WAY TO BECOMING…

Hey friends, how are you today? Really… how are you? Thankfully, spring is quickly approaching.  not only does the temperature give evidence of this beautiful phenomenon, but our environment, ever so slowly, agrees with this change.  Creation does not dictate its path, he (yeah, I think it’s male) does not do what he wants.  He obeys His Master, willingly without negotiation, humans are the only ones which this disobedient defect.  I do look forward to spring actually; to its warmth and the beauty of the leaves on the trees and blossoming flowers. I love the change spring brings with it. How are you? What are you plans for spring? 

Spring reminds me that change is inevitable. Change comes to everything and everyone, whether through deliberation or unintentional; change is unavoidable.  Personally, I do not really like change.  Change is hard for me to accept because I have the tendency to like things my way, my style.  It’s not as hard as it used to be, but there are days when I really do struggle with change, especially the ‘bad’ change.  

Our Heavenly Father delights in process of change, as a matter of fact, He looks forward to it.  He wants us to want change in our lives. There is no one good; no not one.  As someone who grew up in the church and has spent most of my lifetime, in the church, it was difficult to me to believe that I was not a ‘good’ person.  Because I accepted Christ as my Personal Savior at an early age, there were lots of things I did not do. Soon, I began to believe I was good enough, that I could live life at my own pace, on my own terms.  After a while, I began to think I was better than others, because they became my standard for justice; my ‘good’ works versus their ‘good’ works.   I did not understand at the time, that evil was in my DNA, that’s why I needed a Savior.  I could not bring about change on my own, I was just not good enough.  

In order for me to be effectual as a Christian; in order for me to become more like Christ, there were a few things I needed to know and believe:

There is no one good, no not one.  God’s righteousness is the standard and His holiness demands justice for sin.   Sin is anything and everything that is against God.  

The penalty for one sin against the God of the Universe is death;  one sin equaled eternal separation from God. 

The standard for goodness isn’t man against man, but rather man against God. I do not get to decide that people are not my standard for righteousness. Righteousness and everything’s that’s good belong to God and thus He decides the standard.  He not only defines these terms; He also says what it entails. 

Jesus Christ satisfied God’s justice for my sin.  His death was sufficient for my salvation; His death on the cross paid the price for my sin.  

In order for change to take place, I must spend time with the One, Who sets the standard.  We must commune together.  We must have a friendship and fellowship with each other to strengthen our bond. I must cultivate a relationship, there must be constant conversations between us.  He speaks through His Word, primarily and I also speak, He tells me about Himself and He also tells me about me.  I tell Him about my troubles and my worries and my fears and my desires. We talk to each other. 

Change becomes possible when I accept that His ways are not my ways; that His ways are higher than mine.  When I submit to His authority and begin to live a life of obedience to His Word, then change is inevitable.  As I acquire more knowledge about the Lord and surrender to Him, I begin to look more and more like His Son.  

Now He brings about the change, by sometimes, allowing the ‘bad’ into our lives. He knows that through this change we learn to lean on Him for strength.  We learn to trust Him and rely on His judgement.  We learn to surrender our will. We learn to serve others.  Change is good; it brings growth to us, just as it does in creation during the springtime.  It keeps us close to other Christians, because they speak our language.  We motivate and encourage each other to keep our eyes on the Savior.  

May I look forward to the changes that are evolving in my life; may I learn to trust the Lord as change unfolds and allow it to grow me and draw me closer to our Savior.  

Will you join me on this journey of becoming? How do you respond to change?