How many of you want to make some sort of change in your life? Maybe you want to lose weight, get out of debt, or have more joy? If you keep doing the same thing, you will keep getting the same results. Basically, in order to have change in your life, you need to make a change in your life.
Three angels visit Abraham, Genesis 18.
Look at it this way: If you sit all day you’re not going to lose weight. You have to get up and move, maybe even change your diet. The same is true for debt. The best way to get out of debt is to do a budget.
Sometimes we decide to make the change, and other times God calls us to change. But change is hard. It’s easy to forget we’re not alone when God calls you to do something outside your comfort zone. Abraham knew all about it. God told him to go live in a foreign land. Abraham must have been scared not only for himself but his family when he was told to leave what he was familiar with. Who wants to worry about learning a new language or leaving your relatives? I imagine Sara wasn’t exactly thrilled with the idea either.
But by doing what God asked, Abraham was blessed. And God will bless you also.
Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7.
Then there’s the rich man in Matthew 19:16-22. He asked Jesus what he needed to do in order to have eternal life. Jesus responded in verse 21, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” The man had lots of possessions and didn’t want to give them away. In the end, he turned away from Jesus.
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. -Harold Wilson, Great Britain former Prime Minister
The rich man wasn’t willing to give up his life to follow Jesus. Are you?
If Jesus asked you, would you be willing to give up an hour of extra sleep so you could teach a Bible study on Sunday? Some are asked all the time to teach, but they ignore the call of God, preferring to stay where they are most comfortable.
Too often, we allow our faith to be a hobby because we know if we made it our life, there will be sacrifices.
So what changes are you trying to make in your life? What is holding you back? If you need help to accomplish them, please let me know. I’ll be more than happy to pray for you.