It's Time For A Change

As a new year is about to begin, people will be talking about change. Change my looks. Change my behavior. Change my job. With each one of these changes, how should people view the changes they know they need to make?

While some are anxious to change, others hate the idea. The argument is made, “We’ve always done it this way” or “Why should I change? Why can’t they?” If the pleasures of life are so good, why did Jesus suggest that the rich young ruler change (Matthew 19:16-22)? Moses believed the pleasures were worth sacrificing for the riches of Christ (Hebrews 11:25,26). The anxiety of change is removed when you understand it is God who is asking for the change.

Change may be more of an inconvenience for you. The timing is not right. You want to wait until you get older, have more money, get a job, get married, have children, or retire. It was inconvenient for all the sorcerers to watch their books burn (Acts 19:190. It was not the right time, socially, for Paul to become a Christian (Acts 9). It was not a good time to put away foreign wives, but God commanded it (Ezra 10:1-4). From all we know, it never was convenient for Felix to obey God (Acts 24:25). It will never be a convenient time to do the right thing. Therefore, do the right thing now.

It may be time for a change - not to change others, but to change you. Change is especially necessary if you think, “If I become a Christian, I won’t have to change much.” Yes, you will! You will have to change EVERYTHING from your attitude to your master to your love to your hope to your relationship with God. Try yourself right now (2 Corinthians 13:5). Instead of talking about how much better you COULD be, what you NEED to stop, or what you are GOING to do - Do It! Change!