Monday, 28 December 2009

Change and a Challenge

Yesterday's sermon was based on the verse:-

'And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.'

(Luke Ch 2 v 52)

The Canon spoke of how change happens whether we like it or not, like gardens growing, buildings needing repair, children growing up and even our relationships with each other altering in the course of time.

Mary the Mother of Jesus had to change as her son grew and took on the mantle of His vocation- she changed from parent of a dependant baby, to serving the Son of God.

The point is that we NEED to change to grow; we need to alter ourselves to serve our God better and more faithfully. Our God does not change, He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, but He is the only being in the world who is perfect. The Canon suggested that many of us might need to change our way of walking with God- that perhaps we have been expecting Jesus to follow us in our 'busyness' instead of looking to Him to lead us, that perhaps we may have casually relegated Jesus to the 'Sunday box' instead of opening ourselves to what He would like us to do each and every day.

Change is never easy. To grow and change, see our faults and prayerfully remedy them can literally be as painful as pulling teeth. We can't see the future, we can't see the end of the journey God asks us to take with Him, we can't even see the reason for some of His directions but that isn't the point. All He asks is for us to follow Him- it's as easy, and as tough, as that!

Am I ready? Heck no! But I'm up for the challenge Lord!


Cilla said...

A good post.... and one that I need to think about too!

BTW, I remember you did a post about your banner on your blog. Where did you make it??

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Heckety,
I came here to thank you for the humorous comments on my Camera Critters post, and am glad I made it here for this post. It's a good point, that God does not change, but we need to. Through faith and with God's help, we will, even if it's slower than would be best.

I am currently helping our almost 28 year old daughter move to an apartment with lower utilities. She has a "friend" who had a key to her current place, which she finally got back because she told her her mom and dad wanted it to do some packing while she's at work. This person was coming over every day and chain smoking in my daughter's apartment and eating her food, which she can barely afford.

Anyway, my daughter needs to change some of her poor money habits and poor housecleaning habits. She is determined not to let her new apartment get filthy and cluttered. She hasn't told the "friend" that she won't be getting a key to the new place, but says she is going to. I told her she doesn't have to do a lot of explaining. She is not responsible to her or for her. Now, they both need prayers that they will receive the gift of faith in Jesus.

I didn't come here to say all that, but your post made me think of them. They both will be going through some changes! Maybe the friend will get a job for the first time in 2 years.

Heart2Heart said...

Great post! I learned a long time ago through many company downsizings, that the sooner you can accept the change that is happening, the quicker you can deal with the new normal beginning to take place in our lives. Change is going to happen whether we like it or not. It's our attitudes that have a tendency of getting in the way.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat


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