At some point in our lives, certain courses of events will bring in us a point of reflection on where things are in our lives and gives us the thought of doing something different than we did before. Now we engage a battle within ourselves to maintain our intent but one little problem continues to get in the way and in many cases eventually defeats us… US!
See, the thing about these resolutions, no matter WHEN we set them, is that they have a requirement that many of us forget to consider or resist the most… CHANGE! If we are going to succeed in this move to a ‘different’ place in our lives than we were beforehand, we have to DO things differently, we have to BE a different person than we were, we have to THINK with a different mindset and attitude; we have to CHANGE! All of our experiences, all of our likes and dislikes, our passions, joys and pains, things we do and places we go; even the people around us and ultimately our very selves… must go through change. Being the creatures of habit that we are, this experience of change is not always welcome or comfortable. We are more inclined to stay where we are because it’s comfortable and it’s easy and we don’t have to worry about what may or may not happen because of change. We feel in control. We are uncomfortable about change in life because we have to take a new path that is outside of the one we are always in and feel good about. But when God calls upon you for your destiny you will have to endure change that will take you away from what you are used to and comfortable with. Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee (Gen 12:1)~ Imagine trusting God to the point you give up everything you have; everything you are everything and possibly most of, if not everyone you know. God did just that, even Himself, to deliver His promise to us and open the door for us. He could have just sat in Heaven and been comfortable in His glory and just let things happen, but God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). He made the biggest change in History- a change that altered the destiny of life itself. He gave up His all to replace the burden and the end result of sin for us.
Change means we’re going to have to modify some things; even give up some things… and some people! Many of these things… and people are for our own good even though we may not see it right away! And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell (Matt 5:29-30)~~ Thinking about all the sinful things that my eyes have looked upon in my past, and if I were to “pluck them out”…. thinking about all the sinful things that I have used my hands for in my past, and if I were to “cut them off”…. thinking about all the ways (through thought or action) that the various parts of my physical body have been used in sin in my past; My brain – sinful thoughts; My feet – brought me to sinful places; My hands – touching, holding, creating sinful things; My tongue – speaking wickedness and sinful language; this list just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and in imagining myself removing all of these parts of my body from me, there wouldn’t be much left! And beyond the physical implications the reality of this is actually a bit deeper! When Jesus spoke these things, do you really think He meant that while deserving, we should be amputating all of the parts of the body that we sin with? Or was this all a revelation of just how much we NEEDED the sacrifice He would make with His own sinless body to bear the stripes, the punishment and the physical and spiritual destruction we so deserved?
No matter when or how we do it, the requirement is that revelation of where change must take place before change takes place – within us! This is a call for us to look at those things in our lives that we carry with us because of what we do with our various members, and repent – turn aside from those habits, those actions, those ways and those people – that keep us in a sinful and awful state and force our lives in the wrong direction. Jesus has given us by His finished sacrifice, the go-ahead to “Pluck” these things out of our lives, “cut them off” from being a part of us anymore. What transgressions we already have are covered in Him and He has given us authority to separate ourselves from these things and be free from their impact; but also we must exercise the self-control that we are given as a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:23) and repent of them as part of our growth and relationship in Him. This is not always going to be an easy thing. In fact, because we’ve come to enjoy those things and people, cutting them off – repenting – turning away and moving on from them – will often be uncomfortable and sometimes very painful. But it’s better to go through the pain of cutting them off than the eternal fall we face for the convenience of holding on to them. But again all the while, it may be a tough battle. Thankfully God is always there for us to give us the way and the means and the strength because by our own will we cannot so commit. To literally and physically cut off the right hand simply leaves the left to equally compensate and to pluck out one eye leaves the other to do the same…twofold. Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin, which doth so easily beset us… (Heb 12:1). In HIM!
Knowing this we have to be encouraged of our security during our journey because while we don’t know what we’re about to go through in our change, we do know that HE is in control and has a place that He will bring us to. We have a decision to make. We can trust Him enough to faithfully go through the change as He asks of us or we can ignore Him and fight for the comfort of staying stagnant; for the easiness of just being where and how we are. The end result though will be the same. Again, everything has its appointed time and when that time is exhausted, the winds of change are imminent! Remember, God’s word will not return to Him void but will accomplish what He purposed (Isa 55:11). Therefore our decision to ignore and hold back kicking and screaming for our “right to be as we please” only makes it harder on us when that inevitable does come. If God means it for you, it is going to be! How it affects you is really up to you. God gives us the opportunity to change or be changed. It’s up to us! Is there anything in your life you would not be willing to walk away from to follow Christ and give Him the praise, honor and glory He is due? Would you change your life to live in Him and have Him live through you? We don’t fully know what God’s promise brings us along the way but we know what the end result will be. Christ gave all and sits at the Right hand of God … the promise as a result of our faith and our trust will be a greatness beyond our comprehension. As you resolve to seeing change in our life, you must resolve to MAKING change in our life! Don’t fight what must be; but trust God and allow His blessing to enhance, grow and sustain you as the seasons around you change!
God Bless You and Keep You!