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Embrace Change

Jeff Jones

“For I am the Lord, I change not…” Malachi 3:6 KJV

There aren’t tons of absolute truths in life. But, here’s one that we really need to get a hold of. Are you ready for it? According to the verse above in Malachi, unless you are God, you are subject to change!

Have you noticed that to be a follower of Jesus you have to be willing to make changes in your life? Every time I run into something with the Lord and I want Him to change, or for Him to change the things around me – I realize that the change needs to happen in me. But, the vast majority of us are averse to change.  We don’t like it. We don’t want to make changes. We like things the way they are. Even if things aren’t moving in the right direction, we’ll put up with what we have because we aren’t willing to risk reaching forward to what could be. But if you always do what you've always done, then you’ll always get what you’ve always had. 

Here’s an encouraging verse when it comes to change: “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14, NKJV)

Here are three simple steps for making changes by faith:

One: Forget the Old.
If we’re ever going to change we have to be willing to let go of our past, and the old way of doing things.  If we’re ever going to take our boat out of the safety of the harbor, then we have to release the ropes of security and push away from the dock.

What needs to change to release you into all that God has for you?  Don’t let the “old” stop you from reaching your “new.”

Two: Press Toward Uncertainty.
It seems like this is one the hardest parts of making changes. It’s like that moment in time, when the trapeze artist is suspended between the two bars. They know they have to let go of the one to be able to grab the other. As they do, the old begins to swing away, while the new is not quite yet within their reach.

But isn’t that the way that change works? We’ve got to be willing to leave what we know to press toward the unknown. We need to leave the old to press toward the new, even if we don’t know exactly what the new is going to look like. Peter stepped out of his boat not fully knowing what would happen, but he experienced something the other disciples never did. He walked on water, and even though he began to sink, Jesus was right there with a helping hand.

Three: Reach for Your Prize.
We won’t make changes without a compelling reason, a passionate desire, or an inspiring dream. So, what’s out there for you? What do you need to be reaching for? Unless you’re willing to change, that prize will go unreached, that desire will fade away, and that dream will go unfulfilled.

It’s time to say goodbye to the old way and to forget those things that are behind. It’s time to press toward a little uncertainty and trust God that He’ll be there to help. It’s time for you to reach for the prize – the prize that God has always had for those of us who choose the adventure-filled life of faith. It’s time to embrace change!

Say It: “Father, I must admit that although my flesh doesn’t like change, I choose to embrace the changes that You have for me.  I don’t want to be stagnate or trapped by the old way of doing things.  I ask You for eyes to see the possibilities and potential of positive changes in my life.  I choose to change.  I’m willing to forget the old, to press toward the uncertain and to reach for the prize that You have ahead for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!”