Tuesday Nov 22, 2022
Tuesday Nov 22, 2022
CHANGES HAPPEN WITHOUT ASKING PERMISSION
It's picture time in our schools in town and so some of my grandkids are getting their picture taken for the first time. The first thing that I noticed while looking at my little granddaughters picture was how cute she is the next thought was how she has changed.
Changes happen even without our permission. Wait a minute I didn't tell you to grow up so fast. Of course I've been around long enough to know that you can't stop lifecycles from happening.
Some changes in life are really good for us. I'm really glad I'm not 10 years old anymore. I'm sure it was all right at the time but I was sure looking forward to becoming 11 in November.
Our spiritual life has some of those same cycles as we develop as a Christian.
At some stages of our development we would like to stay there forever because it's so wonderful. But without our permission the spirit of God pushes us off balance so that we have to move forward.
I figured my faith was sufficient for where I am everything's going well then suddenly a crisis comes along and I need more faith to overcome it.
So change happens and I suddenly am realizing my faith life is bigger than it used to be. And somehow it happened without my permission.
I am constantly reminded that my father is still in charge of my life even though I pretend like I am at times. He has called me and ordained me to be a son of the most high. And most of the growth that I will get as a journey toward that destination happens without my permission. He does all of this because he loves us.
When we quote John 3:16 and remembering how much God loves us so that he sent his son to die for us. We sometimes forget that it wasn't just for our salvation; it was for our sonship also.
The prodigal son in Luke 15 not only came home he was was also totally restored to his full position in the Family business. You and I are not only coming back to the father through salvation we are being restored back to our original position before the fall.
So rejoice in the changes, embrace them with joy and enjoy the journey.
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