CHANGE

Since the beginning of time, things have changed. 

When God created day, he also created night.  So each day, there is a monumental modification that takes place on this planet. 

Sometimes things change for the positive, like the birth of a child or the promotion of a job. But other times, things can change for the negative, like a divorce or a diagnosis of a disease, like cancer.

That’s life, and to be honest, sometimes it's awful. But you know what is always good and pure and beautiful? That’s right, Jesus! Through both the positive and the negative changes, we must press into Jesus.

What I’ve realized is that the more I press into Him, the more he challenges or asks me to change.

A Real Authentic Growing Relationship With Jesus Requires Change.

Change isn’t something we like. To be completely honest, many times I hate change.  I believe it’s because I’m afraid of what might happen or, even more frightening, what might be required of me.

For the past 15 months I have prayed and prayed about how to better lead our congregation in worship. Now don’t get stuck thinking of the word worship as music. Worship is what we were created to do. It is not limited to the musical aspect of the Sunday morning gathering.

Worship Is An Intimate Life Changing Relationship With Jesus. Period.

We were created for a relationship with Him and the best place to see this is in the book of Genesis.

When Adam and Eve sinned Genesis 3:8 says this, Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.”

So God walked with them in the garden before the fall. They were intimate.

Remember, worship is about the relationship with Jesus.

BACK TO CHANGE

So let’s think about that passage we just read in the context of change.  Sin entered the world and EVERYTHING changed. And I might be so bold to say that everything changed for the negative.

Now we were separated in our relationship with God.  There were consequences for their disobedience.

Verse 16, God punishes woman. Verse 17, God punishes man.

But what did God do next? He continued to love!

Verse 21 says And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.” 

If that isn’t highly relational and loving, I don’t know what is. He didn’t leave them where they were in the midst of the change that took place. No, He came along side of them and started the redemption process.

ENTER JESUS

Jesus came to bring it all back to what it’s supposed to be about - the relationship! Walking with God in the garden.

God isn’t worried about change. He is more powerful, all knowing, all inspiring, majestic, intimate, and beautiful.

Let’s surrender our lives to Jesus in way that allows for Him to lead.  And when we submit and make him Lord of our life, we will experience the most positive change of all – one that is definitely for our good. A change that will result in a relationship with Jesus, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and ultimately, eternal life with Christ.