God, though does not impose change on us, even though it might sometimes feel that way… It has been said that “God is a Gentleman” and that means we are partners in the transformative process. I came across this saying on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and I think it summarizes our responsibility in the journey of change nicely.
First we must be willing to make the Choice to be open to the work God is doing in our lives. Then we have to Trust God enough to take the Chance of stepping out in faith. Only then will real Change happen and we will indeed be transformed.How do we embark on these three steps?
Certainly, prayer and Bible study are necessary for us to discern what God is doing in and through us. It can be very easy to discount the importance of the ‘little things’ we do and not see them as part of Kingdom work. The simple little day-to-day interactions can have as much impact as huge mission trips. You don’t know if the smile you offer may be just the thing to brighten a discouraged store clerk. A note of love might encourage a friend who is feeling down and letting that person into rush hour traffic ahead of you may ease their stress. It takes making a Choice to do these things and to know that you might not know the results.Making the Choice to do something for the Kingdom means we are Trusting God and taking the Chance to be vulnerable and to be rejected. The clerk you smile at may remain sullen and the person you let into traffic may not even acknowledge your thoughtfulness. You’ve planted a small seed, though, and perhaps someday that seed will germinate and grow.
Whether or not we see outward results from our Choice and from taking a Chance, we will indeed be Changed a bit inside. You cannot smile at someone else and remain grumpy yourself. You can’t do something nice and continue to grump about the day. The seed you plant may just be inside your own heart. And that is good, because that seed will grow into the transformation into the image of Christ.So, I challenge you to Make a Choice, to Take a Chance, and see what Change Happens in your heart and life. In fact, because in God there are no coincidences (just places where God wants to remain anonymous), yesterday I heard of a woman who has posted on her blog three simple words that she uses when situations get tense, troublesome, or too much: “Lord Change Me”. (I wish I could give you the link, but I was in the car and didn’t catch the entire blog address.) “Me” is the only entity I have any hope of changing, so…praying “Lord Change Me” is a good place to start.
Warning, though-God will take you up on that request and you will be changed in ways you may not have expected!Next month, I invite you to come along on some meditations based on Madeline L’Engle’s book A Stone for a Pillow.