Threatened by Change
Here is this man [Jesus] performing many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation—John 11:47-48.
Change can be our friend or our foe. It depends on our need for control. If we have to be in control, then our need for control can control us. Thus, we have the opportunity to trust Christ in exchange for our need to control. We play God when we feel like we have to be all knowing, when only the Almighty is omniscient. Frustration will follow a faith that requires a perfectly controlled environment, but peaceful is the person who embraces change and rests in Christ.
The religious leaders were threatened by Jesus. His charisma, clear teaching and compelling character were competition to this gaggle of guys who sought to control the religious and political destiny of the nation. Yes, change is a threat to the status quo, because they feel like something better may replace their position and power. So, critics of change may create fear by promoting worst case scenarios to other insecure opponents of change. We shouldn’t be surprised if our belief in Jesus stirs up controversy. He is a threat to those who do not know Him.
“There are six things the Lord hates... A false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community”—(Proverbs 6:16, 18).
Furthermore, Christ is a change agent. He changes the motivations of the human heart. Jesus introduces a joyless heart of greed—to a joy filled heart of generosity. The Holy Spirit sensitizes a self reliant heart, with one led by listening to the Lord. Our heavenly Father takes our heart that yearns for love, and lovingly takes us into His intimate care. Our life in Christ is not an add on to our old life, or even an extreme makeover. Salvation is a start over with our faith as our foundation.
Therefore, followers of Jesus need not be threatened by His desire for change. Similar to an effective athletic team or successful company constantly look for ways to change for the better, so we remain pliable in asking the Spirit to reveal areas of needed growth in our character. A Christian without change is sleeping with the enemy, but a Christian being changed by Christ is a threat to the enemy. What change is He calling you to not only accept, but initiate? Change wins!
“And he said: 'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven'”—(Matthew 18:3).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me not to be threatened by change, but to invite Your life changing Spirit, into my life.
Related Readings: 2 Chronicles 6:37; Ecclesiates 8:1; Jeremiah 7:4-6; Luke 9:29; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52