Change is a good thing. We’ve all heard those words once or twice in our lives.
The problem we sometimes encounter is our nature to be creatures of habit. We do what is familiar for us, whether it’s the television shows that we watch, the diet we eat, the friends we have relationships with, or one of the endless other choices that we make. Doing something different can really be a challenge for us.
In Philippians 3, Paul says this in verses 13 and 14: “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
At first blush, this may seem as a call to commitment, and that would be true. However, it’s also about change.
As believers in Christ Jesus, we need not hold on to the things of the past, as the Word says in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Our newness in Christ is a wonderful thing that occurs at salvation, but it doesn’t stop there. There is a lifetime of flesh-natured things that we have learned that Christ desires to change in us.
This, however, takes time. Not because our Lord does not have the power to change us, but because we are not willing to have Him do so. We become comfortable with who we are, and not who Christ wants us to become.
Jesus, in the Gospels, affirms the need for us to make an ongoing commitment to be more like Him when He says, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” He is asking us to make a daily choice to allow Him to be the most important person in our lives.
Jesus wants to be fresh and new in our lives every day, not just the day we accepted Him as our Savior.
As an encouragement to us as believers, it’s wonderful to know that the desires Jesus had for us the day we accepted Him, He still has for us today. The same joy He had for us when we turned our lives over to Him, He has for you today. He loves us now just as He did then.
How do we know this? The Word, itself, tells us in Hebrews 13: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” His love is never ending, and does not change. All He asks us to do is allow ourselves to change to become more like Him.
Take time today to ask the Lord to help you to forget the things behind, and strive for the calling to be more like Jesus.