Change - what to do with it?

April brings a change of season. A new season is always one full of new possibilities and new opportunities for growth. This means change needs to happen in us. When change comes, you have two choices: you can embrace it and make the adjustments or refuse it. The latter will prevent you moving into the new. It keeps you confined to an old skin, which Scripture reminds us, will burst when the new is applied (Matt 9:17). Unless we are willing to change, everything will be wasted.

Change is here to stay because it’s a part of life. Just ask your parents or your grandparents and they will tell you of the momentous changes that have happened in their lifetime.

 Change is the process of making something different to what it was before. Change is never easy! Some people avoid change, while others thrive on it. Change, however, is incredibly vulnerable. Change causes discomfort as we get outside of the known and familiar and go beyond the normal and the routine. The beauty of change though is that it causes us to grow, to mature, to move forward, and to learn something new.

Let’s take a look at the word “vulnerability” for a moment. Each of us is travelling along the road called ‘life’. In life things happen to us (good and bad) and we try make the best of what comes our way. As we face these experiences, we are provided with an incredible opportunity to grow, mature and develop.

But it’s in that moment of change that we are our most vulnerable. Vulnerability will cause us to do one of two things. Either, we choose to embrace the moment and we change; adjusting what needs to be adjusted, resulting in us kicking up a gear and accelerating into our new season. Or, we fight the moment, avoiding it with everything in us and we kick down; slowing down, losing traction, decelerating and ultimately losing ground. In many instances, we end up backsliding; remaining immature and spiritually disfigured; because that’s what happens when we remain in a ‘skin’ that no longer fits us. And so, the old is never better.

If we are to change, a few things will need to happen:

1.   We will need to fight fear and embrace courage. Let’s face it, change causes upheaval, anxiety and a fear of the unknown. We need to fight the negative and embrace the positive in change.

2.   We need to realise that changing, or refusing to embrace change, doesn’t only affect you; it affects everyone around you. It can have a positive or negative effect on those around you, depending on your response to it.  

3.   We need to embrace change realising that change is worth all the discomfort, vulnerability and pain that it may bring; because we always gain from it.

4.   We need to trust God in the midst of change. Acknowledging that God works all things for our good (Romans 8:28) and that He only means us good and not harm (Jer 29:11).

5.   Never think that you are finished with change, you aren’t; it’s a lifelong process of us being changed into the image of Jesus Christ. The process of being made mature and attaining to the fullness of Christ, never ends. But what an adventure it is! Phil 3: 12-16 (TPT) “12 I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfil and wants me to discover. 13 I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however, I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. 14 I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. 15 So let all who are fully mature have this same passion, and if anyone is not yet gripped by these desires, God will reveal it to them. 16 And let us all advance together to reach this victory-prize, following one path with one passion.”

6.   All God-change is designed to take you to a new level and into a new season.

So, embrace change as quickly and as easily as you can. Someone once said that life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of your response to it. So, embrace the change that God is working in you right now. Let go of the old and do whatever God requires of you. Only if your hands are open can you grasp something. So, let go and let God change you; you won’t regret it. God is at work, He is doing a new thing; embrace the change!