Shift. Transition. Move. Change. How are you doing with that?
“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Cor. 3:18 NIV
We “are being transformed”. That kind of sounds like it’s a for sure thing to me. You and I are being transformed. What if I don’t want to be transformed? What happens then?
We humans are famous for resisting change. But. Don’t you just love it when you hear someone talking about something and follow the sentence up with “but”? But implies there’s something coming here I don’t really want to hear! Truth is being spoken here, BUT… Isn’t it just like Papa God to throw us a curve ball?
Shift means to move, change place or position, a turning. Change means to alter, make different. As much as we don’t care for change in our lives, God’s plan has always been to move us from one state of being to another. He wants us to look like His Son, Jesus Christ, and when we say yes to Him as our Savior, the works begins, plain and simple.
I think I’ve said here before that I used to say something really dumb; “I don’t do change!” Yep, that was a dumb statement. I suspect it made God laugh right out loud. As I look back over my life, I can see countless episodes of change most of which I balked at.
The truth of the matter is that God intends for us to change. Again, this Scripture above states, “we are being transformed”. The Living Bible says it a little differently:
“But we Christians have no veil over our faces; we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him.”
This tells us we are being changed by Holy Spirit to become more and more like God. “Hey God, I’m not so sure I want you to be changing me!” In reality, I think if you were really honest with yourself, you’d admit that all the changes you’ve gone through thus far at God’s hand, have been for your betterment and your good.
It’s time to shift! Allow Papa God to move in your life. I’m hearing Him in this message; “Come on, let’s get on with it, shall we?” Perhaps we think we’re going down a path toward a door in front of us when in fact, God is asking us to shift, move, change directions toward that door behind us! Are you willing? Will you give Him permission?
Earlier I said we are being transformed. The implication is that it’s happening. Yet we still have free will. God wants us to come along His path, but the fact remains we must still choose to go with Him. Here again, look back over your life and understand that the changes you’ve lived through came to completion as a result of you choosing to go with the flow.
What amazing things might God have waiting in the wings of change, of shifting from one place to another? God’s promises are all good. He cannot lie and He will never forsake us. So, any change or shift that He’s proposing must have a good outcome.
Go ahead and shift gears. This shift, this change will move you, via His transforming grace, into a place you could never hope for or imagine in your wildest of dreams! He says so. That’s good enough for me. How about you?