Change as an Opportunity

…Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
In earth, as it is in heaven… (Matthew 6:10 GSB)

We often talk about how we do not like change, but change is happening to all of us every day.  I remember in my younger days how slowly time would pass, and how seemingly nothing ever changed, at least not very quickly.  Now, as I am considerably older, I sense time moving more quickly and change becoming almost a daily occurrence.  I am reminded of the saying, “Nothing is permanent except change.”[i]   I think of my youngest granddaughter, age 1 ½ years, who is just learning that scooting around on her behind has become old and she needs to change to a more favorable means of transportation.  She has discovered crawling as a better, more efficient way of getting from one place to another. My older twin granddaughters, age 4 ½ years, are consistently changing their make-believe games to reflect more and more sophisticated thinking.

Jesus recommended a change in lifestyle for his disciples when he called them from the fishing boats to discipleship.  There was change in words of Jesus when he told Nicodemus, “You must be born again” (John 3:1-21).  Jesus offered change to the rich young ruler (Mark 10:17-27), the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11) and the woman at the well (John 4:1-26).[ii]

The incarnation, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus are all about change — change from thinking and living for earthly accomplishments to embracing eternal ambitions; change from membership in an earthly kingdom to joining into the kingdom of God that can be established in our lives and hearts here and now in the moment.[iii]

Change is constantly happening, and can be used by God to advance His kingdom.   So in the face of change, whether at work or in my personal life, I am going to try to look at change as an opportunity to draw closer to Him, to further the advancement of His kingdom here on earth.  I have not done that well in the past, but I am now committing to meet that goal.

Will you join me to embrace change as an opportunity to advance God’s Kingdom here on earth and to become more fully committed to Christ and His kingdom?


[i] McConnell, T. (2016, July 15). Devotional: God’s plan has always included big changes. Retrieved from

https://www.citizen-times.com/story/life/2016/07/15/devotional-gods-plan-has-always-included-big-

changes/86900820/

[ii] Ibid.

[iii] Ibid.

2 comments

  1. I agree, and I would love to join you in the crusade to be a bigger advocate for His kingdom and the change begins in me.

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    • Jeff Boyce

      I thought I was fairly open to change, but I have discovered that sometimes the key to accepting change is simply time. I looked out on my backyard this last Christmas morning, and was delighted to see a blanket of snow. I immediately started singing White Christmas. Easter Sunday morning, I looked out on the same backyard and saw the same blanket of snow. I had no desire to sing White Easter! Time had changed my perspective, this time for the bad.

      This caused me to realized that ultimately change is in the hands of God. He causes the seasons to change (or not) and I must be prepared for whatever change, or lack of it he brings. Change is therefore my inward response to whatever God brings. Accepting change becomes accepting God’s sovereign power over all things, and resting myself in his love.

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