Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Caution: Change Ahead

I have always joked that I don't like change unless I institute it, and in reality that is usually quite true.  Just ask the girls I work with who often tease me because I not only bring the same lunch every night to eat, but I eat it at the same time, and even eat the items in the same order each night.

I like things to be continue on in the same predictable way every day unless I decide I have thought up a better way.  But the Lord often has different plans and has a way of instituting His changes in my life.

The truth of the matter is that, for Christians, we are all in the process of being changed.

"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord," (2 Corinthians 3:18.)

It is the Lord's eternal purpose and design to conform all His sons and daughters into the the image of His One Son.  "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren, (Romans 8:28,29).

So many of the changes we face in our lives might be part of that "conforming" work, to change our image from our reflection to the image of His, to make us more and more like Him.  Knowing this, I will not view change as such a bad thing, but will remember that our Lord uses these things to work them together, like the pieces of a puzzle, "for good."  

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, 
and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: 
but we know that, when He shall appear, 
we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as he is." 
1John 3:2

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