Oh How Things Have Changed (Genesis 32; Mark 3)

“Then He said, ‘Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.'” Genesis 32:28

And when His family heard it, they went out to seize Him, for they were saying, ‘He is out of His mind.'” Mark 3:21

Whoever said, “Life is a constant series of changes,” understood a great spiritual truth.  In my own life it seems I am undergoing constant change in many ways.  For example, “I have been going to a chiropractor for the healing of an injury.”  The doctor took multiple x-rays before meeting with me.  Once this was done, he said, “There have been some changes in your body over the years.”  Thankfully, he is able to make adjustments that aid in the healing process.

In a much greater way, the Word of God daily takes spiritual x-rays of our lives.  This was the case for both Jacob and for Jesus in our More for Christ readings.  Let’s first consider Jacob.  His life was filled with change.  He began his life as a deceiver and he continued to live this way until the change came (God’s work in his life).  Consider how God did this:

1.  The development of humility, Vs: 1-21

For the first time we see Jacob submitting to God’s direction.  Maybe there were other times, but this time is clearly an indicator of a man who is developing humility.

2.  The development of honor, Vs: 22-32

Here Jacob wrestles with God.  In this moment we see a picture of the last 20 years of his life.  Jacob has wrestled with so many things, but now he understands that only God is the source of true blessing.  In this moment, things change for Jacob.

Question, “Have you encountered God?”  If so, “Are there visible marks of change in your life?”  Now let’s consider Jesus.  In Mark three, one must watch the movements of Jesus.  Each of these movements teach us powerfully of the change Jesus was bringing and the change Jesus was blessing people with.  However his own family did not get it.

Maybe the change in your life is being perceived by others as one who is going off the deep end.  Allow me to encourage you to keep on allowing Jesus to change you.  Hear the teaching of Paul, “Do not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do faint,” Gal. 6:9.  

Bottom line.  Jesus is preparing us for an eternity with Him.  At the same time He is making a powerful salt and light witness in your lives. Brothers and sisters embrace the change for His glory and for His fame!!!

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