This time of year is full of changes. Green takes the place of white as leaves and grass spring forth and snow melts away. Birds of all sizes make their return to nesting grounds. The little birds that were at the suet block all winter are now joined by several more species. Moose calves, baby birds and other new creatures are showing up or will real soon. Daylight is increasing by over five minutes a day. Even types of vehicles on the road are changing; classic cars, sporty cars, convertibles and motorcycles all hit the road in warmer weather.
Many “green thumbs” are buying flower starts and vegetable seeds; getting flower boxes and gardens ready. It is a lot of work but it sure pays off when the flowers bloom and veggies ripen. I went to the raspberry patch to snip the old stalks off. Raspberry freezer jam my wife makes is delicious on toast.
Congratulations to graduates of every level! Degree, diploma or certificate, you have made a great accomplishment. Many changes are coming but with support of family and friends you will be able to tackle them and make more progress.
Change was a huge factor in the ministry of Jesus Christ. He changed the thinking of many with the truths he taught. The sick, diseased, crippled or blind brought to him were all healed by his word or touch. Loaves and fish were multiplied to feed multitudes. Supernatural deliverance came to the demon possessed or oppressed. Dynamic changes were evident in the lives of people with peace, calm and comfort.
Jesus showed his dominion over winds and waves by making a great tempest on the lake become a great calm. Darkness could not keep him from seeing his disciples in a perilous storm on a lake. He walked to them on the water and calmed their fears as well as the storm. Storms were stilled by Jesus that were emotional, mental, spiritual and relational.
The divine record of Scripture is not the only proof of his power. Jesus still ministers powerful change to people who seek him. Jesus hasn’t changed water into wine again, but he has changed alcohol and addictions into food for families, clothes for kids, housing and a home by changing people. Read in Acts 10 how Cornelius, a devout and godly man, and his household received much more from the Lord with great changes when they obeyed Peter as he preached.
A man in the Bible named Job experienced extremely difficult times. Job considered life after death, then said, “all the days of my appointed time I will wait, till my change come.”
Paul wrote emphatically, “We shall be changed.” Mortal becoming immortal, corruptible changed to incorruptible. That is the hope of the believer in Jesus Christ. Stay anchored in that hope.
Some things don’t change. God declared, “I am the LORD, I change not.”
The Bible says Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. The most powerful change agent in the world doesn’t change. Salvation doesn’t come by chance but with change. Let him change you and your circumstances for the better and for eternity.
Mitch Glover is pastor of Sterling Pentecostal Church. Sunday services include Bible classes for all ages at 10 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. Bible study is Thursday at 7 p.m. Visit the services and sterlingpentecostalchurch.com.