…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