Sometimes I find myself battling change. Familiarity is often very comfortable. Whether it be on the job, in my home or at church, the familiar is predictable and comfy. However, God never seems to allow me to get too comfy for too long. There are often changes that need to be made in the workplace that I didn’t expect, my home life has moments of victory and moments of sorrow and my church is ever changing.
When we follow Christ, comfy and familiar are not things we should count on. When the Spirit of God moves, there is often change. When it is God inspired, it is always for our good, no matter how uncomfortable we may be at first. Many churches over the years, have been split due to the Holy Spirit bringing about new seasons of growth and some of the congregation rejection the change. Change is not bad. In fact, most of us need it in various areas of our life. When we yield to Christ and allow Him to bring about the changes He desires to in our lives, it is a very good thing!
Phillipians 3:12-14 NIV 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
If you find yourself resisting change, cry out to God and ask Him to prepare your heart for growth. As with most growth, there will be some growing pains but as you work through them your faith will increase and your walk with Christ will produce more fruit. We will never be able to stop change. It will happen whether we like it or not. The important thing is when it is God’s Spirit bringing it about in our lives, we must yield no matter how painful! Instead of resisting, ask God to give you inner peace as He works a new thing in your life. Resisting only draws the growing pains out for a longer period of time. Submit yourself to Him and the changes He wants to bring. Your life will be enriched by it and you will be all the more fit for service!
Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV 18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I
am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.