Do You Want To Get Well?
There is one word that strikes fear into most of us and that word is CHANGE. We are generally creatures of habit and structure and when we get used to doing things a certain way, we definitely do not want to change. We don't like change because it makes us uncomfortable and makes us feel out of control. But one thing is for certain, we have all experienced change; it is generally never easy but almost always worth the discomfort that we feel. There have been times in my life when I knew that I needed to make changes. I knew that it would not be easy, but I knew that change was vital for me to continue growing. When Shayla and I decided that we would move to Lubbock to attend Sunset, we knew that this decision would turn our world and that of our children upside down. It seemed as if we faced challenges at every turn. But we knew that if we endured, the changes that we had made in our life would be worth it, not only for ourselves but as a family.
We each have to come to a point in our own walk where we have to decide. Are we going to make the necessary changes? Are we going to step up and become the person that God intends for us to be? I remember reading a sign that hung on the office wall of a friend that said it simply, “We can't become the person that God intends for us to be by remaining who we are”. This statement holds so much truth; we were never meant to stay the same, we were always meant to grow and become more like Christ as we followed His teachings. Have you ever noticed that we can find ourselves making excuses for not allowing necessary change to take place in our lives even when we know it is whats best? I am reminded of such a man in John 5 that made excuses when Jesus came to him and asked a simple question “Do you want to get well?” Jesus was offering this man a changed life! But when he answered all he could say was “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Do we ever find ourselves like this man? Making excuses for a changed life? Walking with Christ is not going to be easy and along the way, we will have to evaluate and make changes in order to grow. Are you willing to become who God wants you to be?