It’s the buzzword of businesses looking to improve their bottom line.
It’s the mantra of politicians playing upon the discontent of their constituents.
It’s the excuse for the man who leaves his wife of decades to pursue the woman young enough to be his daughter.
It’s the word that society has fooled itself into thinking is the answer to all of our ills.
In a campaign speech in 2008, then Senator Barack Obama uttered these words…
Change will not come if we wait for
some other person or some other time.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
We are the change that we seek.
Now, almost nine years later, we are a nation more divided than any other time in decades. With riots happening all over our nation, terrorist attacks being commonplace, and the specters of racial unrest and “social justice” crying out at a fevered pitch, I’m afraid the “winds of change” have blown across the embers of discontent in our streets, and those who fanned the flames have long since lost control of the blaze. And while the hurricane of change lays waste to all in its path, the Church continues to give up ground, condoning what God condemns in a feeble attempt to gain acceptance in a world we were never supposed to get comfortable in.
Those looking for change were always on the right track;
they were just going about it the wrong way.
We DO need change. Our world is desperate for change. But in order to facilitate a positive change, we must first determine the direction we SHOULD be going. After all… if you are trying to reach a desired destination, simply changing direction still does not guarantee you are going the RIGHT direction. Change — simply for the sake of change, and without a clear direction or goal — can be as destructive as not changing at all.
In the Bible, James 1 :17 tells us…
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Paul tells us, in 2 Corinthians 3…
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
We can run around, spinning our wheels and jumping on every change “bandwagon”, and we will accomplish nothing. Real change can only come through the transformational power of God. To transform is to change from the inside, out. God warns us not to conform to the world (see Romans 12:2). He is unchanging, and desires to give us the liberty that comes through knowing Him. However, in order for that to happen, we must come to Him on HIS terms. We must deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him (see Luke 9:23). We must allow His Holy Spirit to transform us into His image, not the other way around. When we attribute to God our flawed existence, we show how little of His holiness and righteousness we truly understand. We must come to Him in humility and repentance. Only then can we begin to see true change.
Do you want to have a positive impact on the racial climate in your city?
Point them to Jesus.
Do you want to see discontent turn to hope?
Point them to the cross of Christ.
Do you want to know what real change looks like in a nation?
Allow God to transform your life, and be the start of that change right where you are.
Pray this prayer today, as often as you think of it…
Lord, change me, and let me be the positive change you want to bring about in the world today.
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