Change. Few people like it. Except those who thrive on change, such as visionaries, entrepreneurs, and pioneers. In today's world, change is normal due to the rapidly expanding availability of information on the internet and the global nature of the world economy.
There are three dimensions to change:
Arena of change - the circumstances
Agenda of change - what God wants to do
Agents of change - The people God uses to bring about change
We often confuse the three. We can blame people, the agents of change, when God is actually using people, even our critics or enemies, for his agenda. In Acts, God used Roman emperors to bring about change in the church. Circumstances can be an agent of change, such as health, death in the family, a job loss, and other factors in life. Difficult circumstances can bring us to the river's edge: shall we take the risk and cross over, or do we wait for the current to die down and go forward slowly on safe ground? Perhaps, we don't go anywhere... just stay here where is it is predictable and safe?
Examples in the book of Acts of the arena, the agenda and the agents to bring about God planned change:
- Acts 4:1-35
- Acts 6:1-8
- Acts 7:54 - 8:8
- Acts 16:6-15
Discernment is required... do you have grace to carry on? What is God up to?
Some questions to ask as you wrestle with the question of transition and change:
Are you experiencing the peace of God spiritual fruitfulness where you are?
Are you utilizing your God given spiritual gifts to be the person God created you to be?
Have you lost grace for your present circumstances?
Are you experiencing a "holy frustration" that is preparing you for a transition to the "other side of the river?"
Are you reacting or acting to the agents and arena of change in your life?