The Change Cycle

I’ve never met anyone who says they LOVE change. Everyone says they dislike change in their lives as if that’s a unique quality. Sure, some dislike it more than others but overall I’d say most of us don’t enjoy change. Even a good change is still a change. It’s something unfamiliar. All change requires something of us which can cause discomfort or even pain.

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” —John 10:10b NKJV (Jesus speaking)

In order for Jesus to give us life MORE abundantly, a change must occur to our previous life. As exciting as this is…

We often want God to change us without changing us.

Well that’s just silly, but it’s true. We want the power of God to move in our lives but we don’t want Him to shake EVERYTHING up…just the annoying bits. There are parts we grasp tightly…habits, raging emotions, justified reactions, ways of communicating, friends, our parenting style. But God didn’t send His Son to change self-selected parts of our lives. Jesus died to change the world! Change is part of God and it’s part of following Him.

Take a raw look at yourself, your interactions with people you like and those you endure (yes them too). Are you a different person depending on your environment and the people you’re around? God wants to mold you and make you more like Him. This is often called a pruning process. Ouch. Molding and pruning are outcomes of change.

ASK—Do I really want to be molded by God? What is holding me back?