We typically do not change unless we see a real need to do so. It is estimated that 50% of the population are either resistant to change or antagonistic to change. I find this in myself that when I have a “system” of how I do things that seems to work for me I resist change. However, when there is pressure to be able to do it better 50% of me is antagonistic or resistant to that change. I believe this is a human problem because we struggle with laziness and pride. Nevertheless, how much more serious is this problem when the Lord calls us to change. All through the Word of God, Jesus calls His people to change. To leave their life of sin for a life in Him. If the Lord calls us to change, He will give us the power to change.
The Lord knows we are resistant to change and so He must show us the need to change. This happens through revelation from His word. The Lord opens our hearts to believe the Word of God and heed its warnings and we repent. Along with that the Lord will bring circumstances in your life, many of them painful, to show you your need to change. This can come through the consequences of sin or health issues related to what the Lord is asking us to change. Lastly, the Lord will send you people into your life to encourage you in the change the Lord is asking you to do. These believers live an example before you to glorify the Father and so to challenge you to change. If these three; revelation of God’s word, circumstances and godly people do not change you, we live in a very precarious spiritual situation of rebellion to the Lord of the Universe. This will end in a tragedy of your life on earth and your soul in eternity. This is spoken so well in Deuteronomy 30:19-20a “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants. By loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life…”
Pastor Mark Morton