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how much do you want to change?

been thinking about this as we approach the day when we celebrate the birth of our Lord - Christ...here's the thought going through my head...

how much do we want to change?

in my role working with pastors, denominational leaders, local church leaders, church planters and others, we talk a lot about change.

we want it
we study it
we think about it
we talk about it
we dream about it
we even reminisce about it

but do we actually do it?

better yet, do we really want it?

one definition of 'change' is 'to make other than it is'

but too often we don't want 'other than it is' - we only want what it is, repackaged.

as we approach Christmas, think for a moment how much Christ had to change:

philippians 2:7-8 are perhaps two of the most powerful 'Christmas' story passages ever - how much did Christ change:
  1. He made himself nothing
  2. He took the nature of a servant
  3. He became like a human (made in human likeness and in appearance as a man)
  4. He humbled himself
  5. He died
talk about change? - there it is - He did it!

i'm convinced that more often than not, our talk about change merely makes it to the point of the listener's ears - and never beyond...

why?

i heard ed stetzer say this recently in an interview...

"we won't change
until the pain of staying the same
outweighs the pain of change"

read that again...

we won't change...

until the pain of staying the same...

outweighs the pain of change...

so the question is not really how much do you want to change, it's more of, how much pain are you willing to endure because once you do change, things will not be the same - which leads to, how much pain are you really in right now?

and if you're struggling with this and struggling with change, remember the amount of change that Jesus endured to reach you and i?

NO amount of change that you may have to go through will ever exceed the amount of change He had to go through.

so...
if you want to reach those far from Christ...
if you want to have a heart for the broken and desperate...
if you want to see humanity as Christ did...
if you want be moved with compassion as Christ was...
if you want to see the next generation of people come to know this amazing Savior you know...
if you want to?

then you have to be in enough pain...enough pain to change your current situation for the one THEY are in...enough pain to ExChange your life for theirs...

but that's asking a lot isn't it?

that requires giving up a lot of comfort, security and safety...

that's radical...

and that's Christ!

are you like Him?

1 comment:

Rachel said...

"we won't change
until the pain of staying the same
outweighs the pain of change" - WOW, been there! I'm certainly one who has to be made pretty miserable before giving in to change. Great post!