Change (by D.A. Cobb)

The other day I needed change for a twenty dollar bill. I asked the cashier for a ten, a five and six one’s. I was of course joking but she handed me a ten, a five and six one’s. Maybe I found a new way to increase my retirement income.

Earthly change can be exhausting. We find ourselves captives to routine, slaves to the familiar and prisoners of sameness. As we grow older any change interfering with our comfortable lifestyle is considered highly intrusive. We become driven by the need for and content with the status quo. I guess you could say most of us are, “set in our ways.”

We are by nature creatures of habit. To some just the thought of change becomes a frightening and panic filled moment. Blood pressures rise, hearts beat faster and minds races. Nothing seems to help. But wait! There’s hope.

The Father also desires change, a change in us. He makes this promise. By following Him and His Son Jesus Christ, we will find eternal happiness and never-ending peace. This is done through our faith and acceptance and by His mercy and grace.

He even inspired a Book on the subject.

Listen to the Son as He teaches the disciples,

“I tell you the truth,

unless you change and become like little children,

you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 18:3

Here we have a short twenty- one word verse guiding mankind toward the spiritual radiance of everlasting life. They are easy to read but so difficult to follow. My understanding is as we approach Christ we should do so with newborn innocence and childlike faith. It is at those moments when I believe He is most receptive to our prayers and responsive to our petitions. The same is true as we will someday find ourselves kneeling at the throne of judgment awaiting His lasting and righteous verdict.

Listen again as Jesus speaks to the people,

I am the light of the world.

Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,

but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

A change for God is change forever.

John 10:27

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