Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Change and Who You Are

Change and innovation are integral components of both biological and spiritual growth. In the medical world, a clinical definition of death is a body that does not change. Change is life. Stagnation is death.
  • If you don’t change, you die.
  • It’s that simple. It’s that scary.
Spiritual growth is more about process than product, because all believers are in a process (whether we resist it or not) of becoming the people God meant us to be. In the same way as biological growth, without change, spiritual growth is impossible.

Consider Abram and the immense change through his encounters with God. This was not simply a shifting of external elements in his life, and adjustment to his schedule. God asked for a complete overhaul of Abram’s career, dreams, and destiny. God even changed his name to Abraham to signify the depth of the change.

When leaders contemplate change, their first consideration must be the anchors that provide stability in a changing environment. Abraham believed in the Lord, and that security allowed him to pursue revolutionary change. Similarly, the Christian life is an ongoing process of change and internal revolution, grounded in the belief that this process is reforming us to become more Christ-like.

How do you find yourself resisting the changes God brings into your life? Do you focus more on process or on product?

1 comment:

g-force said...

Bob, you are moving in a dangerous zone there! It is interesting to encounter people who would rather live in familiar misery/complacency than to take the "risk" of changing for the better... but even as I type this, I'm realizing that in some areas of life I too am hesitant to move forward and embrace change.

God help us all! Thanks for 'stepping on my toes',