We hear a great deal about “change” today. I have found that “change” is a tough thing, even if it is a good thing. There is an adjustment that is demanded because we must move from what we have always known, and become accustom to, to that which is unknown (even if it is a good change). When we change vehicles, I have noticed that even though the new vehicle may be newer, and nicer, I find myself reaching to the places where the old nobs on our previous vehicle were. I moved the place we put our tea-pot the other day, and I have found myself still going back to the old place. Change is good, but it also demands a price.
A huge part of the Christian life involves change. We often hold on tightly to the old way of thinking, the old language, the old habits, and the old sins. God has a different plan for our lives, and that plan involves changing some things. The change God is talking about does not happen as most change does in our lives. You see, most change we bring on ourselves is from the outside of us that eventually moves to the inside of us. God’s changes many times will begin on the inside and eventually show up on the outside of us.
Look at God’s idea of how change should come in the life of a Christian. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (II Corinthians3:18). The change God wants to bring in our lives begins with us fully viewing the glory of the Lord. You see the change that will result in godliness, does not begin with you and me reading some Christian book, or from listening to messages on a DVD, or from some inspirational input from others. Godly change always begins with us looking to the glory of our God.
Changing to godliness does not end by looking at God, it also involves us copying the characteristics we see in God, into our own lives. It carries the idea of us seeing things in God that we do not see in ourselves, and then conforming to the leadership of the Holy Spirit to those characteristics in our own behavior. I want this change in my life. Even though I know it comes with challenges and some uncomfortable days. I want to be changed into the image of my Savior more and more each day. Today I want to yield myself to His plan for me. I want to be changed into His image today, and I want to continue to change to reflect His glory every day.
“Take my love – my God, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store; take myself and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.” – Frances R. Havergal