Today, we began a new series titled, “Freedom!” that is about our transition out of slavery to the sin and the world to freedom in Christ. In this first week, we discussed the importance of embracing positive change in our lives as well as the various enemies that will attempt to stop us from changing.
People around you don’t want you to change. There are a couple main reasons. First, it forces them to either to change themselves or to admit they are unwilling (or think they are unable) to do so. The second reason is that it messes with their nice little box with a label that they’ve put you in. If you change, it messes with their world. When they put labels on you, they will define what you can or cannot do based on that label (that THEY gave you). There is only one label that is important for us – the label given to us by God as his beloved children!
The biggest hindrance to our changing and growing in Christ is usually us. We have many reasons why we are unable or unwilling to change. Change is uncomfortable. God wants us, as we grow in our knowledge of Him, to realize it is simply uncomfortable NOT to change. Changing can certainly be uncomfortable, even painful. Hebrews 4:12 says that the Word (the thing that does the changing in us) is sharp and cuts and divides the things inside of us that need cutting and dividing. Understand that God does not use a machete or hatchet but instead a double-edged blade that is fine and precise. Verse 13 goes on to tell us that we are accountable for what we accomplish in this life – and what we accomplish is directly related to whether, and to what extent we allow the Word to change us into His image.
We also looked at 2 Peter 1:3-11. In this passage we are again exhorted to allow the Word to make us into His image so that we can be fruitful and productive in accomplishing His work. Don’t allow the flesh and others to convince you to jump of the train to your change before it reaches its destination. This summer we are taking a trip to a better us. As we continue this series, God will be showing us not just what things in us need to be changed, but how to do it.