This scripture speaks of tremendous change: put off, be renewed, put on. From the moment you were born until the day you die, change will have been a major part of your life. In 2 Corinthians 3:18, God talks of our being transformed (changed) into the image of Christ. For our journey here on earth, God has wired us for transformation. Why, then, do so many people resist, if not hate, change? On some level, many of us might resist change because we find some sort of false security in things staying the same.
“That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24, NKJV).
We know we need change to develop physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. So how can we have a more positive attitude toward it? A good starting point is to acknowledge that change is necessary for healthy maturity. Conversely, if you don’t change, you won’t grow. In both your mind and behavior, give control of your life and the lives of your family members and friends to God. Since change is God’s will, you can trust that He will undergird you the entire way.
Facing change? Are you moving? Is your five-year-old going to kindergarten? Are you dealing with an upcoming deployment? Is your teenager staying behind to finish high school? Resist the temptation to control and worry. As you pray, God will help everyone survive, and even thrive, through these changes.
The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.