I don't know about you but I highlight, mark, date, write notes in my Bible and I find myself doing the same things in books that I read, especially for those WORDS that seem to jump off the page at me.
As I was skimming back through the book I came across these words: God reveals Himself and His activity to all of us, but very few really want an encounter with Him. Encounters cause extreme changes in our plans, our perspectives, and our personhood, and most of us hate change. In reality, though, the very act of trying to protect ourselves from change is the very thing that makes our life the boring mess that it sometimes is.
The word that kept jumping off the page at me was Change.
When we have an encounter with Christ it is going to cause change! Change of some kind! It may be a heart change, a lifestyle change, a change in the way we do things in our personal life and in our church life.
Sometimes we may find ourselves running from the encounters of Christ simply because we are satisfied with the way things are and we know deep within us that CHANGE will occur when we are WILLING to allow Christ to be Lord in whatever area it is that He is pursuing in our life.
We can't grow if we are not willing to change. We can't heal if we aren't willing to change. We can't prosper if we are not willing to change. We can't see through the eyes of Christ if we are not willing to change.
For some, simply being satisfied is enough but for the Christian simply being satisfied SHOULD NEVER BE ENOUGH! Our goal should always be to pursue Christ and join Him where He is at work at. .
Maybe your "change" is getting out of your comfort zone and talking to another person about their relationship with Christ. Your "change" may be that God is calling you to lead instead of simply being a follower. Your "change" may be to get off that pew that you hold down on Sunday mornings and get about the business of God and invite others to fill up those pews. Your "change" may be to give an hour of your time weekly to your local church and serve in an area that no one else wants to serve in. Your "change" may be to be a "doer" instead of a "teller". We all love to tell someone else what we think they should do right? Our "change" may be to hush and simply listen.
If you want your church to grow then CHANGE and do something about it. If you want to see different ministries at your church then START ONE! If you want your marriage to be better then do your part and leave his part to GOD! If you want your children and grandchildren to be Godly then show them by example.
I have found for me personally that when God is asking me to change something whether it be personally related or church related it is because He has a reason. I didn't say I liked it at times but I have come to learn that I can buck or I can bend! The choice is mine! I can be willing to change or I can sit by and watch the clock tick and then look back and say...I WISH! The choice is mine! But I have also found that the times that I have been willing to CHANGE it has become life changing for me.
The reason we do not like change is because we are afraid of it or we are simply just selfish and our mind set has become..."it's all about me".
Here is what the Lord continues to remind me of....WE CAN CHANGE THE WAY WE DO THINGS AND NOT CHANGE HIS MESSAGE! He has a plan! May we look daily for an encounter with Christ and be willing to change for HIM!
Hugs and blessings, Cindy