It’s the beginning of the year and that means that most of us are thinking about change. And don’t we simply love it? Isn’t it the easiest thing in the world to look inside ourselves and see the work needing to be done? Yes, that’s a heavy dose of sarcasm you hear.
I am not a big fan of change. Not even going to try to pretend differently. It takes me too long to wrap my brain around something new, and by the time I have it’s time to change all over again. And, let’s just be honest, change is hard. I don’t always like doing ‘hard’. It cramps my style and requires me to give up things sometimes I simply don’t want to give up. Oh, I may desire to change, but then this other part of me starts talking and telling me things are just fine the way they are, I don't really need to do anything different, what's reaaaallly wrong with the way I am...Yep, that’d be my flesh talking. I so get Paul. (Check him out in Romans 7 there towards the end. That's me.)
But as the years go along, I realize if I’m not changing, I’m not growing, and if I’m not growing, well then, we’ve got a problem.
See, God didn’t put us here to stay the same. If He had, we’d all still be in diapers. And wouldn’t that make the world a most interesting place? Unfortunately, all too often we stay as infants in our faith.
But God wants us to grow. I love this verse from 1 Peter 2:2--Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted the Lord is good.
What steps are you taking to grow? Maybe it’s finding a church home so that you have accountability and are being fed. Maybe it’s adding a Bible Study in to give you some meat to chew on. Maybe it’s becoming a leader within your church and beginning to feed others. Could be a mission trip. A neighborhood Bible study. Praying with your family. Or simply picking up your Bible on a daily basis and reading a chapter.
Whatever it is, this year take on one new thing.