Editor Nov 02 : 18:10
When we are asked if we are willing to do or change something, our usual response can go like this; "If I didn't want to change, I wouldn't be here doing this!
When we are asked if we are willing to do or change something, our usual response can go like this; "If I didn't want to change, I wouldn't be here doing this!" We can even find ourselves bristling with pride at the very question itself. "How could you possibly ask a question like this? Isn't is obvious from my presence that I am willing to change?
In reality, being asked this question should cause us to pause for thought and consideration. Willing to change what, exactly? At this Jesus would say "willing to change everything."
God wants us to become the image of Christ. Jesus came not only as a Savior but also as an example that we should follow in His steps. That is a tall order!
Luke 9:23 says "Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Are we people who, by nature, live a life of self denial. Does the baby say to his mother "Mom, you go ahead and feed yourseld first and I'll just wait patiently here until you're done"? Of course not! Anyone with any experience with small children knows that when they are hungry, they demand your full attention. So the only way that we can put Luke 9:23 into action is by being willing to change.
Taking a quick look at the nature of God, Isaiah 55:9 says
"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
How can we expect to gain any understanding of God without the need to change the way we are and the way we do and view things?
Willing to change is not simply allowing change to happen to you, it is actively seeking to change yourself into the likeness of Christ as much as that is possible to you. It is a decision made daily to be different from those around you.
I believe that the greatest miracles are not the mountains moving and the seas parting as these already obey the voice of God. The greatest miracles are the hearts of men and women who are willing to change today and tomorrow and the next day until Jesus comes not because they have no choice but because they DO!