More than new curtains

I resist change. Even good change. It shakes my being like an earthquake. My wants and desires fall from the shelves and break like china against the invisible force. I’m more of a variety girl – keep the structure steady and unchanging and allow me the freedom to paint the walls, sew new curtains or re-arrange the furniture as I’d like. Unfortunately, if I call myself a disciple of Jesus Christ, that requires CHANGE. Here’s what I mean…

In Philippians 3:13b-14, Paul exhorts us to FORGET what lies behind and STRAIN toward what is ahead as we press on toward the goal. In the previous verses, Paul states that he considers ALL his earthly riches a LOSS compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ as LORD. He considers them “rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own….but one through faith.” (Phil 3:8,9)

Do you hear the change that MUST take place? Consider another passage:

Matthew 9:16-17 Jesus says, “No one sews a patch of un-shrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

And one more…

Matthew 18:3 “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven.”

Before new wine can be useful and preserved, the old skin must be thrown away. Before we can STRAIN toward what is ahead, we must FORGET and THROW OUT what lay behind. Before we can KNOW the surpassing greatness of Christ, we mush consider all things a LOSS. Before we can ask Christ to be our LORD and Master, we must first CONFESS and REPENT. We get to trade in our old way of life for Jesus’ new beginning. Variety won’t cut it here. Moving around the same old habits and patterns while keeping the same framework isn’t change. That’s a mask. Masks must be ripped off. This is CHANGE.

Here the internal struggle begins. It’s called Spirit-filled vs Flesh. Our flesh wants nothing more than to hold on tightly to our old ways, old thinking patterns, old stand-bys. It won’t RELEASE without a FIGHT. With reminders of past sights, smells, tastes and feelings, our flesh grasps to keep the flame of the old self alive. It’s in that moment we must die to ourself, turn around (aka change), and accept the good news Jesus offers. Do you know what that good news is? The power of sin and our flesh is BROKEN by the POWER of the CROSS for all who believe.

Change may rock us to the core and leave us bare-shelved and broken. Thankfully, the CHOICE to change comes from us, but the POWER of transformation belongs to CHRIST alone. Will you join me in this journey of change? The price is high…in fact it may cost everything! But the end result is so much better than new curtains or re-arranged furniture.

Philippians 3:20-21 “But our citizenship is in Heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the LORD Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables him to bring everything under  his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”

One thought on “More than new curtains

  1. Sherri Attaway says:

    This was exactly what I needed to read. Im in that war with the flesh wanting to hold onto past hurts when my spirit is crying out for new life. Im praying for freedom but clinging to my “rights”. It just doesn't work. Indeed there has to be the complete renouncing and releasing of self…every part of self.
    Thank you for the Spirit led word you have shared here.

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