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Personal Change

Our entire church is going through a 28-day devotional related to our Beyond emphasis. The other night my family and I were going through the lesson about transformation. During the sharing time my oldest son Nathan said, “People want the benefits of change but don’t want to go through the process of change.” That statement, which has profound implications, collectively seized us all. We began discussing the merits and challenges of change. Change comes at a price. Most people feel they are incapable of paying that price when really they are unwilling. Some things are never meant to change. God never changes. But everything else must change or it dies. Change is the only constant. The entirety of the gospel is predicated upon change. The word “repent” means: think differently, change your mind and/or changing your conduct. Usually a traumatic event must occur before people become willing to change.

Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways.
Proverbs 20:30 (TEV)

Someone once said, “Until the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of change people don’t change.” There are two factors that initiate change. There are extrinsic factors-such as a doctor’s report or a performance evaluation at work or the threat of a divorce from a spouse. And there are intrinsic factors-change that comes from an internal desire to become more like Christ. Intrinsic factors are the best change promoters. But even then change can be a slow process that is aided by God and His Spirit within a framework of goals, measurements, mentorship, structure and continuous feedback. Put yourself in the change zone of God’s Word (Romans 12:1-3) and you’ll experience change from the inside out.

Just a thought,
Carl

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