Change. Itís a frightening concept, isnít it?
Change can be good like graduating high school, starting college or being hired at a job. Change can also be bad like a loved one dying, being involved in a car accident or your brother marching off to war.
Good or bad, change is a part of life. As the old adage goes, the only things constant in life are death and taxes.
You had to change in order to grow up. You grew taller and stronger. Your body changed. Without those changes, you would have grown older without growing taller. You would have been an adult trapped in a childís body. Sure, you could get into the movies for half price, but no one would take you seriously. You wouldnít be able to get married, have children, hold a decent job, or live a normal life.
Change is essential to our lives just as it is important to fulfilling our destinies. Without changing, without learning lessons and applying those lessons to our lives, we will be stuck. We will stay in the same place we are in now. Never moving. Never changing.
Five years from now, do you want to be in the same place? The same place you are with God? In the rest of your life? With the same job? Or do you want more from life?
Wanting more requires, you guessed it, change.
Change is like jumping from an airplane. Although you are frightened when you look out the door at how far down the ground is, once you jump, once you have released your parachute, you are better off for the experience.
Fulfilling your destiny is all about taking risks.
God told Noah to build an ark because it was going to rain. Noah had never seen rain. He had no clue what rain was. He had to risk looking foolish to obey God.
God told Abraham to leave the land of his family without telling him where to go. He had to risk getting lost in order to obey God.
God told Mary she was going to have a baby. A baby conceived by the Holy Spirit. She had to risk public ridicule to believe God.
Each of these risks required a change in their normal lifestyles.
Instead of spending his free time with his family and his hobbies, Noah spend them building an ark and being mocked by his neighbors.
Abraham had to pack up and move to a different country, taking his immediate family and servants with him.
Mary had to accommodate a living human being in her stomach. Her body went through so many changes that she had to go visit her cousin Elisabeth when she really started to show.
To fulfill the plan of God for your life will always require you to take a risk and make a change.
Does God want you to be a minister? You wonít be able to spend all your free time shooting hoops. You will be too busy studying and helping people.
Do you feel God calling you to the mission field? That will require moving to a foreign land, studying the language, interacting with people with far worse problems than yours.
No matter what God is calling you to do, it will demand a change in your life. Without change, you wonít reach your destiny. You wonít fulfill the call of God on your life. Why? Because you werenít willing to change.
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