Dealing with Change…..
There is a constant change going on in a Christian’s life when we are surrendered to Christ.
When I think of adapting to change, I know if it’s a rewarding change, then it will be worth it. In my life, there haven’t been many changes I’ve made for the kingdom or my own life that didn’t require me to go through times of adapting. Most of the time adapting to change is painful if it’s worth it.
A few examples that help me understand what adapting to change and the pain that comes with it:
One that I deal with most often is standing firm in my faith. At times I find myself standing alone. Alone physically, yes. However, I know my God is with me, and He is smiling down as I stand firm for what His word says. Even when others could be taking a different stance, just know that it’s you and God and that’s all you need. Because in that moment you may feel all alone, yet you should know that the power it took you to stand firm and speak up came from that still small voice in you. That power to stand firm no matter the cost….that’s the same power that rose Jesus from the grave.
When I give in to taking a stand for Christ I can feel my body tremble, my voice cracks and I feel an overwhelming rush of emotions fill my mind and body. I know that if it scares me and I feel uncomfortable it must be God. Because He is willing to take us from our comfortable position and place us where He has purposed our lives.
2 Timothy 1:9 tells us, “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”
A holy calling is not a comfortable place. We are constantly battling as a Christian because we are at war with our flesh. Our desire is to change to be more like Christ, and that change hurts. Our flesh wants to give in, but our spirit wants us to change and do what is right in the eyes of God! Galatians 5 is a great chapter to study on this.
No Pain, No Gain
Even the world knows that their is pain associated with change. The saying “No Pain, No Gain” actually means that suffering is necessary in order to achieve something. This saying came into prominence in 1982 when actress Jane Fonda began to produce a series of aerobics workout videos. In these videos, Fonda would use “No pain, no gain” as a catchphrase for the concept of working out past the point of experiencing muscle aches.
As Christians we know that change is inevitable if we truly want to gain anything for the kingdom. Change doesn’t come natural, it comes from a deep burning desire in us to do something about an area of our life that bothers us. Once we give our life to Christ we are a new creature in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Christ came to take the broken and raise it to life! You see the change that was necessary, for us to live with Christ for eternity was painful, He endured the cross for us. We need to be willing to endure change in our lives so we can be more effective for Christ.