Resisting change is in some folks DNA I think. Oh, I like stability and comfort the same as the next person, but I’ve noticed as I’ve grown older, to resist or fight change is not in my best interest. For instance, it now takes me more motivation to get into my workout. My body would much rather rest and take it easy after a long day, but that’s not good for the heart or weight control. Muscles tend to soften, and actually disappear due to lack of exercise. So whether I like it or not, I have to say, as I get older my body is changing and in order to stay fit, I must exercise.
In Isaiah 43:18 The Lord says: “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old, behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?” Like it or not, that’s a form of change. I like the new year, because it brings with it an opportunity for change personally and spiritually. Let me list a few areas where change could be good for all of us:
First, let’s change how we approach worship. Some will find this easy just by making the effort to attend more services during the year. Others, just bring your Bible and use it during the service. Find areas where you can increase your giving to God’s house and to missions. A big one now, if you have been on the sidelines looking for a place to serve, get involved now.
Pray and ask the Lord to open a door for you. Believe me, He won’t take a whole year to do that.
Second, pray and welcome changes in structure of service and methods where the church may change to meet more mission needs in our family, community and the world.
Third, be grateful to God when He brings new people to His church. With new people come fresh ideas and ways to minister. We must never feel threatened by this. Remember beloved, you may be a member of this church, but God is the owner, and He adds to the church for His pleasure.
Fourth, take a long, prayerful look and be honest with God and yourself about areas that may have become lax in your spiritual life this past year. How do you intend to ‘change’ that? With God’s help, ALL things are possible, and blessings always attend when God brings changes to His people.
Dr. Michael Pope, Pastor