Change

          written by Richard Thomas / 2010 


If there is one thing humans are resistant to it is change.  Like other creatures of this world humans are slaves to habit.  Hunters and fisherman alike rely on this fact to fill their bag, tag and stringer.

The sport fishing and hunting industry spend millions of dollars researching the habits of all types of animals to find out what makes them take the bait or get close enough to shoot.  Tackle boxes filled with the latest lures and hunting bags filled with the most realistic decoys keep the fisher and hunter on top of the food chain.

There is another predator sitting high atop the food chain introduced in Genesis chapter 3. Peter describes him as a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour in 1 Peter 5:8. The serpent has three lures or decoys in his arsenal that work magnificently. 1 John 2:16 describes them as lust of the flesh, lust of the eye and the boastful pride of life.  The devil knows how to employ them like a skilled fisherman or hunter.

So how do we escape the lust of the flesh, lust of the eye and the boastful pride of life? By “fixing our eyes on Jesus”, according to Hebrews 12:2.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:22 & 23 “the lamp of the body is the eye”. God spoke through Isaiah 45:22 telling us “look to Me and be saved.”

In Romans 12:1 & 2 we are admonished to “not be conformed to this world’s thinking. But rather “be transformed by the renewing of our mind.”  This concept would be an exercise in futility if it were not for the gift of the Holy Spirit to all who obey God as recorded in Acts 5:32.

Jesus is born in the heart of all who call upon His name.  From this point all by faith in the name of Jesus are transferred from the domain of darkness to His kingdom of light. From blindness to light - a man, woman, boy or girl takes on a whole new heredity.  John 1:12 tells us that “...as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God, even to those that believe in His name.”  Paul’s letter to Titus 3:5 declares “...we are not saved on the basis of deeds, but rather according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.”

Just like the six 30 gallon water jars of Cana, Jesus changes our contents.  Although we may be vessels for service, if Jesus does not make a change on the inside then to command us to be perfect as our Father in Heaven is perfect [Matthew 5:48] would be absurd. [Read    1 John 4:1-21] 

Then sing “Change my heart O God”