July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. – C.S. Lewis
I’ve counseled several people over my years of ministry that say that they fear “change.” I press when this happens and ask why they do fear change, and every time the core issue comes down to not trusting God. The next thing I walk through is how everything changes every moment of every day.
“I live in the same house.” Is it clean or dirtier then yesterday? Is everything you had in your home yesterday still there today? And we can only wonder about the foundation in Texas.
“I have the same family.” Really? Different conversations, experiences, and situations haven’t changed them over the past week, let alone the past year. I hope they have changed.
The point is we are constantly changing. The question becomes (to continue the C.S. Lewis analogy) are you changing into a bird, or a bad egg. What are you changing into?
The conversation then typically turns to how change happens to the person. That they are greatly influenced by the things that are happening to them, typically bad, and that they cannot overcome it. That too boils down to a lack of trust in God.
I think we can all look back at the trials in our lives and know for a fact that it is in those trials that the greatest degrees of change have occurred. Death, injury, economic failure, relationship distress have all caused us to question the love of God. Yet it is how we respond to those stresses that cause us to change.
Do we believe it when the Bible says “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) So trust in God, even in death, injury, economic failure, and relational distress. Change is happening and will continue to happen. The joy of being in Christ is that we know what we are being changed into. “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6) The bird waits. The question is do you believe God is for you or against you?
Youth Director Christ Community Church in Frisco