Dear Church Family,
I feel sure that you can name something you used to always do, but for whatever reason you hardly ever do it anymore. You have changed. Little by little day by day you have changed. All people change.
You and I both are going to change. Our desires, our interests, our actions, our passions, all are going to change. Even the people we spend time with will change some. The places we go and even the things we eat will all change. Most people don’t like change however. I have heard it said, "no one likes change, except a wet baby." But here’s the neat thing - our Lord will never change. He is forever. I am thankful for this fact. In Malachi 3:6 God speaks to us and says: “For I am the Lord, I change not …..” Generally speaking, we like the easy, comfortable, and familiar. We prefer those choices over the alternatives – difficulty, discomfort, unfamiliarity, and risk.
Often we ask God to remove from our lives things that cause us pain, frustration, or are difficult. How many times have we asked God to remove people from our lives who are difficult to deal with? “God, give them another job across the country so I don’t have to deal with them!” So often we ask God to do what we want or what would make life easier for us. How often do we truly come to God in humility and ask Him to change us? You may be comfortable where you are, but in order to grow, you may need to change — this is the only way you move forward. God’s work is to change us to be the best version of ourselves we can be, and to see us become more and more like His Son, Jesus Christ. There is a part of all of us that wants things to be the same. "The way it used to be" is something that we often hear people say. The reality is, "The way it used to be" is gone and cannot come back. The only thing that is NOT going to change on you is God. He is the same. Here is the proof: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) May God bless you and I hope to see you and your family in church this coming Lord’s Day!