3rd August 2011

All Change!

“And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’”
Matthew 18:3 (NIV)

The train thundered into the station in clouds of steam.  “Quick!” said my father, “Grab the bags and run—we have five minutes to catch our connecting train!”  “All change!” shouted the guard.  We ran up steps, across the bridge that spanned the rails, and down the other side to another platform, with hearts hammering.  “All change!” cried out another guard.  As a child, it felt as though everyone was shouting at me to change trains.  I dreaded the words “All change!”, as I connected them with the fear of missing the train and being left abandoned on the platform.

In truth, none of us likes change, but each of us deal with it differently.  Change represents a challenge to the status quo, whether it is at home, at work or elsewhere.  Benjamin Franklin recognised that change is a part of life when he wrote, “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”  Companies spend huge sums of money to help their employees to cope with corporate and managerial change.  Moving house or marital problems involve change which induces high-level stress.  Change is difficult—our comfort zones are threatened. It would be easy to avoid at all costs, situations demanding change. Anatole France (1844-1924), member of the French Academy and Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1921, said of change:   “All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.

God understands our human frailty.  He has other ideas about the changes in our lives.  He directs us to change, as we read in the title scripture.  God wants us to adopt the innocence of children, to have pure and trusting hearts.  This is a radical change from our natural way of independence and selfishness.  We must trust our great God and look to Him for strength of character, love and humility—becoming more and more like Jesus Christ.

Take heart, because the Holy Spirit will give us the power to change.  Take courage from the scriptures.  Read 1 Corinthians 15:51-53, “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.”  The most wonderful change of all will be when we are changed by God into immortal beings…but will the changes stop there I wonder?  God knows—He really does!

Prayer
Father in heaven, thank you so much for the exciting role you have given us as your children.  Help us to do our part—to change daily, becoming more like you
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Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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