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  • Pastor Darren Rogers

The Fear of Change

2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV

[18] But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Not all change is good but being made more like Jesus is not only good, it is absolutely necessary if we are to become mature believers and true disciples of our Lord and Savior.

Change is an important element for human growth and survival. In fact, change is built in to our Dna. From conception in the womb until we breath our last breath on earth, whether we like it or not, we are in a constant state of change.

We learn new words, we learn to use the potty, we learn to walk! From pre-school, to kindergarten, all the way through high school and beyond the one constant is change.

We meet new friends, we live, we love, we make mistakes, we grow, we learn, we change!

But why do we fear change and why do some even fight change?

I think one reason people fear change is because we can’t anticipate and know the outcome beforehand. So, we dig our heals in and hold on tight to the door that keeps us in our comfort zone. That fear of change might be why we put off going back to school or starting our own business. We stay in a job we hate year after year because it’s easier for us to maintain than to take a leap of faith.

People suffer in unhealthy relationships because of fear that they will be left all alone because it is too hard to wait for the right person. The notion that change can be risky and the fact that change is uncomfortable can be very disturbing and create a paralyzing fear of an unknown outcome. Someone decided to take monumental risks so that many of us can do thing today that we take for granted like voting, owning a home, or even riding in the front of a bus.

Change might feel uncomfortable or even risky, but not changing can be even more risky. “Whether it’s in your marriage, with your friends and family, in your education, or in your employment, you risk being left behind if you don’t continue to grow.” Change is natural and healthy. I got married when I was 19. If my wife and I didn’t change and grow in our relationship, we might not have one today. Change allowed us to mature and become closer as the years progressed.

If we stay the same while our world changes around us, we will risk becoming a relic more suited for a museum than an active participant in life. Afros and bell bottoms in the 70’s; mullets or Jerry Curls, and silk leather or jackets in the 80’s were the rage back in the day but staying in that mold might mean that the mold set in and the freshness is long gone. Would we have electricity and indoor plumbing if someone long ago had not envisioned these wonderful changes?

The Apostle Paul said that if we expose ourselves openly (with open face as beholding in a glass) to the glory of the Lord, we are changed progressively into the image of the Lord! To become more like Jesus means changing from our old ways and allowing the Holy Spirit to do a daily spiritual makeover that will transform us from the inside out! When we behold His glory, we will look for ourselves, but we won’t recognize the image staring back because it will be “Jesus on the inside, working on the outside!”

When presented with the reality of the cross and the atoning blood of Jesus washing away our sins and beginning the born-again process of making us a new creation in Christ, how can we continue to convince ourselves that we can stay the same and please God? Well, our carnal nature knows it has to die and therefore fights to the last breath until it’s put under subjection to the Spirit of God.

So, how do we jump-start the process of Spiritual change in a positive way?

In a practical sense, Read your Bible every day.

Read it, study it, meditate in it day and night!

Pray every day. In fact, pray in the morning, pray in the middle of the day, and pray at night. Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).

[5] Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (Philippians 2:5 KJV)

[2] And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]. (Romans 12:2 AMP)

Have a blessed day in Christ!

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