Students and teachers all over the country are preparing for a new school year. Even though they may be returning to the same school, there will be an element of change such as new teachers or students, new friends, different classes, different expectations. They prepare by purchasing new clothes and new school supplies, making plans, and building expectations.
What do you do when you’re expecting a change in your life? In most instances, we also begin making plans and gathering the necessary supplies to make that change easy and successful. We often do whatever is necessary to be sure we are ready for that change.
One Sunday, the preacher asked how many of us came to church expecting change and how many came prepared for change. Thankfully he didn’t ask for a show of hands because honestly that question knocked the air out of my sails. I was forced to admit to myself and God that I’ve just been going through the motions lately.
I am normally a person who prepares for change. I’ve spent most of the summer preparing for the change in my teaching position. There were so many things to do and learn, and my primary focus was on getting ready for the change. But lately I’ve failed to prepare my heart and mind for the change that God wants to do in my own personal life, in my walk with Him, in my heart, and in all other areas of my life on a regular basis.
As Christians, we are called to be more Christlike, and let’s face it, we are far from that goal. It’s an ongoing project that will not be complete until our time on earth is done, so we must take every opportunity to seek those changes which need to be made.
God calls us to be different from the world in Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. In order for us to be transformed, we must be ready to change.
Spend time in prayer before church services and ask God to prepare your heart to be willing to recognize any change which He is calling you to make. Spend time during the week reading His word and taking time to hear what the Holy Spirit wants you to do. Change doesn’t just happen. We have to prepare and plan for it. Get up and get ready for God’s change in your life. You’ll be glad you did!