There is change happening all around us, all the time. Some changes are good, some not so good. How do we prepare for change? How best can we steward change? Are there certainties even in change that we can hold onto?
We have been talking much about coming out of the old and into the new. Leaving the old behind and stepping into the new, forming the new wineskin so God can pour out the new wine. But how do we do this? Have we gotten stuck somewhere along the way? Do we have one foot in the old and one foot in the new?
When our children were younger, we lived in a little neighborhood surrounded by two busy streets. We set the rule that they could visit friends in the neighborhood but never cross those two main streets. Eventually, our girls got their driver’s licenses and began driving themselves to school, friends and events. One day one of our girls was asking to walk to a friend’s house but low and behold it would require them to cross one of those main streets. Our immediate reaction was no. Their point back to us was, “I can be trusted to drive a car but not cross that street?!” Whoops! We had adjusted to the change of them driving but still had our mindset back in the old way of thinking and not letting them cross the street. See, we get used to the old way, the former way and we develop blinders to those old patterns of thinking or mindsets.
Being able to remain steady in change and learning to thrive in change comes from a constant renewing of our minds, which allows the old ways to get flushed and the new to be established for the time and season that we are in.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19 NIV
God is doing a new thing, but we may not perceive it because all we can see is the wasteland and we are missing the new thing the Lord is doing amongst it.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2 NIV
Renewing is a verb, an action word and implies that it is a continual process. One definition of renewing is to restore or replenish, to recommence, to begin again. So, we are to always be renewing our mind to replenish. Replenish what? The mind of Christ.
So how do we prepare for change? How do we steward change? By the continual renewing of our minds.
Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. Romans 12:2 TPT
Ideas and opinions of the culture continue to change and unfortunately, move away from God and the things of God, we have to make sure we continue to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. This will make sure we don’t come into agreement with these ideas and opinions.
What can we count on in all this change?
Jesus, the Anointed One, is always the same-yesterday, today, and forever. So, don’t let anyone lead you astray with all sorts of novel and exotic teachings. Hebrews 13:8-9 TPT
A final note is that if we continually renew our minds, it stays pliable and teachable to the things of God. As soon as we think we know everything and we can’t be taught then our mind is no longer pliable and we become unteachable.
But the wisdom from above is always pure, filled with peace, considerate and teachable. James 3:17 TPT
Teachable here means easy to correct or willing to yield to others. Wisdom from heaven doesn’t say I am right and everyone else is wrong. But rather, it is filled with love.
It is filled with love and never displays prejudice or hypocrisy in any form and it always bears the beautiful harvest of righteousness! Good seeds of wisdom’s fruit will be planted with peaceful acts by those who cherish making peace. James 3:17-18 TPT
God is moving us into a new era, a new wineskin and new revelation of who we are in Him and who He is. Let us remain teachable, pliable and willing to yield to the Christ in each other so that we as the body will move with Christ and step into the new together to become the prepared bride.