Do you hate change? It is easy to do what you always do because living with no change requires no extra effort. Change however can be fearing and difficult, but it is change that will challenge you into something better. There is power in a changed life.
Many of us can easily say we love change, but do we really? I have always thought I loved change because I constantly like to do new things and take on new challenges. However, when I really think about it, change is not as appealing as it sounds.
For the past year, God has asked me to change a lot of things in my life. He asked me to change my life goals and future career, the way I spend my free time, and to even change my emotional habits.
Now, did I want to change? Yes.
Was change easy? Of course not.
Even with the desire to change, I was still struggling to become who God wanted me to be. Changing my life goals was hard because I had to let go of the security of knowing what my future would be like. Letting that go and following God’s will took extra faith to overcome my fears and doubts.
The same went with changing my bad emotional habits. It was easy to agree on the fact that I needed to change my habits and quick temper, but changing that was definitely not an instant effect. It took hard effort for me to change from who I was.
Do you struggle with change? Could you let go of a dream career or goal that God has been asking you to do? Could you let go of that boyfriend/girlfriend when you know they are not the one for you? Could you easily change your old bad habits to a good one?
It takes boldness to change, but most importantly, it takes Christ to change.
Don’t be afraid of change because it is change that will take your life to the next level. A changed life is when Christ becomes real in you.
Someone recently brought to my attention of how much I have radically changed. I didn’t even realize it, but slowly, Christ has changed my life. My perspective and the way I live has now turned to Christ instead of myself. And it is through my changed life that others have been able to see Christ in me.
The power of a changed life is a life that changes other people.
Your changed life has the power to impact the world. The apostle Paul in the bible is a great example of the power of a changed life. He went from persecuting Christians, to sacrificing his life to save those very Christians he first tried to kill. His life radically changed, but it was through his changed life that we all could see the power and reality of Christ in him.
His motivation in life changed; from serving himself to serving Christ. He wrote almost all of the New Testament in the bible, and is a man that many look up to. His old life would never have changed anyone’s life like how his changed life did.
It was Paul’s radically changed life that drew others to Christ. Just like Paul, God has the ability to give you the power of a changed life – to change others lives towards Christ.
The gospel has the power to change you, so don’t be afraid of change, rather look forward to it’s power. Christ came for your change, because we all have fallen and made mistakes. Ephesians 4:22-24 says, “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;..and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
God calls each of us to change and live for him. Beware of a stagnant Christian life. It can be easy to get comfortable in our walk with God and not grow and change. Has Christ changed you? Has your life changed after knowing Christ? Because it is in your changed life when Christ becomes alive in you.
God wants change because it is only through change that the power of God can be evident in your life for others. God has a greater purpose for you beyond just knowing who he is, but to be like him. So remember, there is power in a changed life.