Ron Witbeck: How do we respond to change?
By Ron Witbeck
Associate Pastor, Resurrection Life Church
Most of us sometimes may have a difficult time dealing with changes in our routines. These changes can be found in our homes, the workplace or even in our churches where we worship God.
Starting the week of April 9, here at Resurrection Life Church, we are starting with some big changes which will involve the tearing down of the south end of our church due to outgrowing the children’s area, which was the very building where Resurrection Life began in the early years of the 1990s.
These changes will cause some disruptions of the daily routines and with the ministry work during the week. Those attending Sunday services may experience temporary inconveniences, causing some confusion accompanied by discomfort to those who are most affected.
By this October we will witness the fruits of these changes, some of those being a new children’s area, a new fellowship area, and resulting with more efficient operations in the ability to spread the Word of God.
Now, looking at change on a more personal note, when we are following God, the Holy Spirit begins working on those who will submit to those areas that need to be patterned after Jesus. When we allow this alteration to our lives we can see the results God has in mind.
In 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 it reads;
“So we have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks about them. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that way, as though he were merely a human being. How differently I think about him now! What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!” (NLT)
With these changes it could cause us to feel unworthy or incapable! However, by submitting to the powers of Jesus’ name and rebuilding our lives through His blood sacrifice, our old sin-filled life can be washed away, resulting in a newly felt freedom.
All that is required is to follow the pattern of God. He’ll show us through His earthy creation that surrounds us during the spring season as He changes the effects felt during winter. He does this by the budding of the trees, the greening grass, and the array of colorful flowers with their fragrances that are so refreshing.
How do we respond to change? ... Do we find ourselves so self-centered that we refuse the blessings of God’s love for us? God has a plan for reviving us, which can be a feeling of peace, acceptance, or of restoration. God does not show partiality, He offers this change to anyone willing to allow God to guide them throughout their lives. We all will continue to make mistakes while relying on our own abilities.
Looking to the writings of the Apostle Paul, we can find some of the advantages of accepting the changes offered to us through Jesus, which can be found in Ephesians 4:20-24;
“But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (NKJV)
How do we respond to change? By taking the time to thank God for the opportunity He has given each of us to change with the Holy Spirit as our guide.