Change is an inevitable part of life. From the time you are born until the time you die, you will go through hundreds if not thousands of changes. Graduate out of diapers, first day of school, first day of Junior High, High School Graduation, College, First Job, Marriage, Kids, Empty Nest, Retirement,, etc. Change can also seem to be a negative thing. Loss of a loved one, laid off from work, health problems, relationship difficulties. Change is a part of life, and has to happen, but while some changes are out of your control, you can impact and in some cases effect change in your own life and even the lives of those around you.
Consider Asa. His father passed away and he was left with an idolatrous nation to run. For 10 years, there was no problems. He did right in God’s eyes, he removed the tangible parts of idolatry and commanded Judah to seek God and obey him. He effected change in the nation.
The greatest change though is found in John 3. Nicodemus, a very knowledgeable and religious man came to Jesus and began to ask Jesus questions. Jesus leads Nicodemus through a series of answers that produce more questions until He has laid out the truth that there must be a spiritual birth in order to enter into the kingdom of God and that this can only happen through the only begotten son of God. Before you can live, you have to be born.* Before you can experience any other changes, you have to be born. Birth is the first great change. It is not the last, nor is it the most significant, but every other change in life is predicated upon your birth.
The last great change that we usually think of is death. But in reality, there is one great change that follows death: life. Eternal life! You will live forever. Your eternal destination is a change that you can’t effect. On the other side of the same coin, you DO get to choose where you spend eternity. God’s standard to get into heaven is to live a 100% perfect life from birth to death. If you can do that, you can effect eternal life in heaven. Since you have already failed in that, you can’t do anything about your destiny. However, in Christ (John 3) you can have that new birth, and eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus summed up the plan of salvation in 5 words in Mark 1:15: “Repent and believe the Gospel.” Turning from your sin and trusting Christ is the only way that you can have the free gift that He offers. Revelation 4 gives us a small glimpse of the bigger picture in the book of what that eternal life will look like, but unless that change has happened, you can read about it, but you’ll never see it.
Change happens. Sometimes it’s good, other times it doesn’t look so good. You can control some changes, others are outside of your influence.
-Change what you can and leave the rest up to God.
-Trust God for EVERYTHING and do everything you can to follow His will.
*We believe that life begins at conception. The point of this statement was that birth precedes every other event in your life.