“CHANGE”

When the word “Change” is inserted in any conversation it evokes many different emotional responses.  For instance, “When my nine-year old hears his mother say, ‘change your shirt,’ he immediately begins to lobby to keep his favorite dirty shirt on just a little longer.”  When my teenager hears the word change he gets excited because he believes and enjoys change in many areas of his life.

But oh how quickly our mindset changes as we get older.  The older we get the less it seems we like change.  But change is good in many ways.  Consider Peters word’s of encouragement to the church in the first century, “Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy,” I Peter 1:10. As I read I Peter this morning, I began to praise the Lord for the change He has brought into my life.

This type of change is not only good, but it is desperately needed by every person who has every lived.  You and I were born in sin.  This sin causes us to live in the darkness of depravity and we do not see our need of a Savior.  The fact is we would never change, we could not change, and we would not want to change on our own.  But God did for us what we could not do on our own, “He called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.,” 1″9.

So, I can say with joy, “This change is good.”  Now here is the hard part, “Now that He has changed me eternally, I must daily commit myself to daily changing.”  I must become what He has created me to be, ‘A light to a dark world.”

Here is how Peter described it, “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable,… that they might see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” Yes I know that life can be hard, some changes seem to hurt.  Be assured God knows what He is doing and this change will turn out for your eternal good.

Be strong and ask God to daily change you from your old self into His image before the world.  Praise Him for His change today!!!

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