If you live around an abundance of trees, you know the beauty this time of year brings. Trees filled with colors of red, yellow, orange. I’m surrounded by them and appreciate their beauty and colorfulness. While living in Arizona I missed the change of seasons.
We enjoy this beauty for several weeks before the leaves let go and fall.
The leaves changing have me thinking about changes in my life that I’ve made and some I still need to change. How do we change? Why do some not want to change?
Change means transform, modify. Antonyms of change are remain, stagnation. Being transformed sounds better than stagnation. Don’t you think?
The Bible talks about changing from our sinful nature. Only through Christ can it be done.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
I gave my heart to the Lord when I was a teenager. As I learned God’s Word, I began to change. Slowly. It is a lifelong process of applying the Bible to our life.
I want to change. Just as leaves fall from the trees, I want sin to fall from my life; sin of selfishness, unforgiveness, and impatience, to name a few. The leaves teach me to let go.
We can let go of sin just as leaves let go of the tree.
How do we change? We ask God to help us see our sin and give us the desire to change. He will. Some ways are:
- By reading His Holy Word. The Bible was written as our instruction book for life. The Bible is relevant to today.
- By going to church to hear worship music, give our offering, hear a message and be around other Christians. Bible studies too.
- By dedicating time to prayer. It’s during these times that God will place on my heart an area I need to work on.
- Ask someone you trust to be your accountability partner. Someone you can go to for prayer.
Life is full of changes. Some we embrace some we fight against. Let’s humble ourselves, and embrace the life God has promised us.
Let’s be one who “leaves” the old sinful, ugly life and live a changed life in Christ.
If you’ve never received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, would you pray this prayer with me?
Dear God, I want you to be my Savior and Lord in my life. I am a sinner and need you to change me. I acknowledge that Jesus died for my sins and was raised again. Help me to learn your Truths and apply them to my new life so that I may live for you. Amen.
Welcome to the family of God!