“For I am the Lord; I change not…” Malachi 3:6
The Lord, God does not change. Therefore, if we are to be drawn closer to God, we must change. To change is to undergo transformation, transition or substitution. Taking our worship and praise to a higher level requires a change in us. An old saying goes, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.” Different results require a different approach. Romans 12::2 reads, “…be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” A different approach requires change.
Commitment is an obligation; a pledge. Commitment also means to place in a prison or mental institution. Before we were saved, we were imprisoned by sin. Now that the Lord has freed us from our sin, committing our lives to His service is the least we can do. “…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1. A change in all of us is required.
Humility is a recognition that all we have and all we are comes from God. It’s not about who we are; it’s about Whose we are. “Whosoever, therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:4. We must humbly accept change as we accept a higher level of Christ Jesus into our lives.
Attitude is directly related to altitude. “He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly…God loveth a cheerful giver.” II Corinthians 9:6-7. Giving of ourselves is our sacrifice to the Lord. When we give of ourselves, we are sowing into someone’s life. Our attitude will dictate our altitude in Christ Jesus and may determine another’s altitude in Christ Jesus through your witness/attitude.
Necessary is defined as inescapable and logically unavoidable. Change is necessary. We cannot go from where we are to where we desire to be without moving. To move is to proceed in a certain direction or toward a certain state or condition. “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said…” Acts 17:28. We must allow the Holy Spirit to move us in the direction He would have us to go. Change is necessary.
Glorify God because we have been commanded to do so. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.
Edify All of this is about spreading the Gospel. “…comfort yourselves together, and edify one another…” I Thessalonians 5:11.
Praise God for the change He has brought about in all of us. Praise God for the change that is exhibited in each of us as we grow closer to God. Praise God as we continue to yield to His Will in us to C.H.A.N.G.E.
by Lorraine Castle