It is very necessary for us to identify with the importance of change. There is one thing that is always happening, and that is change. As the caterpillar matures, it transforms into a higher form, ‘the butterfly’. From the baby, to the toddler, into the man, we see the constructive process of change.
Let’s consider the importance of change. Change is so important, that nothing can happen without it. For anything to happen, something has to change. Change also finds relevance in our lives, because we must evolve, and we can only evolve through change. It is also important, because change gives us hope. The fact that nothing can remain the same, means that whatever we are going through must come to an end. Isn’t this a wonderful thing, that all of our struggles will one day end?.
If we were born whole, we wouldn’t have any need for change.We are rather born in a fallen state, and in order for us to be transformed into our higher forms, we must change. God has chosen to bring us through this process, to the point where He promised us, that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
As time absorbs us, we are changed. Some people change to be bitter, but true change is for the better. True change is when we move more and more into the upright position of the original man, Adam.
Change is from the heart.
Imagine a life where the moment we think of change, our lives would change. At first, we might think this is a good thing, but consider how much our minds change. At one point your mind might be settled, the next moment it is in total chaos. The truth is, our minds can go all over the place, and we wouldn’t want our lives to be like this.
Would you want a life that changes as much as your thoughts?
The important thing to understand here is that, mere thoughts cannot change us. When a thought goes through our minds, it doesn’t mean we are what our thoughts imply.
One of my favourite recreational activities is going by the river side to meditate. As I do this, I often imagine all the beautiful things I can do with my life, and all the things I want to achieve. When I leave the riverside however, I do not necessarily leave a changed person. This is because mere thoughts cannot change us.
As we look at the importance of change, let’s consider that in order for us to change, we must change in our hearts. As we change in our hearts, the life we live will follow. A thought will be merely a thought if it doesn’t get inside our hearts. When our thoughts gets into our hearts, that’s when they gain the power to change us.
In proverbs 27:3 the Bible explains this very well;
Change, in its truest form, takes time and courage. Consider God, as He made the heavens and the earth. At first there was void, without any form. God had it in His heart to establish the heavens and the earth, and it took Him seven days to do this. I confidently believe that God could have done this in a moment, yet He taught us about the process of change.
Two things to take from Genesis 1 about change;
God showed us that even though our lives might start off in total disarray, change can make it beautiful.
Change takes time.
God Is the Author of Change
As we look at the importance of change, we should note that God is it’s author. The Bible states that He is before all things, and I believe change is one of those things. There are many instances in the Bible where God teaches us about change. From the beginning to the end, we see God transforming His people into who He called them to be.
However, perhaps the greatest change, is the one Jesus went through, as He shifted the whole prospect of time. The Bible says that on the third day, Jesus changed from death to life. He was risen ( Luke 24:6).
The story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest and most important change that has occured in human history. Through this change we find life, and not only life, but we find life in eternal abundance.
Let us consider some scriptures that talk about change;
1 Corinthians 15:51
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.
2 Corinthians 5:17–Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Ezekiel 36:26–And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
Romans 12:2–Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that [were] with him, Put away the strange gods that [are] among you, and be clean, and change your garments:
The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change [them into] cedars.
For I [am] the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
We shall all be changed,
We shall be transformed and rearranged.
Oh the breath of change, it’s true,
that change’s for me, and change’s for you!
Come, let’s change, let us change for the better,
Run, let’s change, let’s forget the olden letter.
Let us be change, the change we want to see,
Agree with change, and let it be, change and let it be!
Oh, the challenge of change, the pain,
The sun, it basks upon the rain.
That’s change, as the whilst of the weather,
As dense as leather, light as feather.
Change, the breath of change remains,
Change will get you through the chains.
The breath of change, it lingers in the night,
The stain of change will fuel your fight!
Change, as in the twinkling of an eye,
When the wind is whoo, the drought is dry!
For change, let us clasp our hands and pray,
That in the midst of change, we’ld stay.
Oh the breath of change, it’s true,
That change’s for me, and change’s for you.
Poem written by: Orlando Rowe
If we only take one thing from what the Bible is saying to us, it is that change must be for the better. True change occurs when we put on the new clothing of Christ, which will transform us into the measure of the stature His fullness.
As we conclude, let consider the importance of change, and let’s seek to become better. Let us trust God, that as He proccesses us through His holy fire, that He will mold in us the true character of the righteous.
God Bless You, and stay blessed.