Change is hard… for everyone. No, really, it’s not just you. We are all creatures of habit, and perhaps our greatest habit is being afraid. Afraid of disappointment, afraid of being rejected, afraid of being different. For many of us, our biggest obstacle to change might just be our own fear.
Lets look at a man named Simon, who was once afraid.
3 Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” 5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again. 6 And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! 7 A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. 8 When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” 9 For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. 10 His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed. Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” 11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.
Luke 5:3-10 NLT
Simon was afraid. But Jesus answered Simon’s fears by giving him a purpose and a vision. He gave him a reason why change was worth it.
Everything you want is on the other side of fear.
6 Signs You Need a Major Life Change:
- Regret – You romanticize the past to escape the present.
- Stuck – You sense you’re settling, or just surviving
- Frustration – You feel disenchanted with life.
- Shallow – Your relationships feel superficial, no one knows you completely.
- Denial – You start to lie to yourself and others to avoid the truth.
- Envy – Constantly wanting the life others have.
You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.
1. Choice: From Suppressing to Embracing Truth
21 They knew God. But they didn’t honor him as God. They didn’t thank him. Their thinking became worthless. Their foolish hearts became dark. 22 They claimed to be wise.
But they made fools of themselves.
24 So God let them go. He allowed them to do what their sinful hearts wanted to. He let them commit sexual sins. They made one another’s bodies impure by what they did. 25 They chose a lie instead of the truth about God. They worshiped and served created things. They didn’t worship the Creator. But he is praised forever.
Romans 1:21-22, 24-25 (NIRV)
Dark thoughts, confusion, and frustration all come from a dark heart full of sin. Are there any sins you are in denial about? Our relationship with truth determines the quality of our relationship with God.
2. Chance: Taking a Risk on God
8 Give the Lord a chance to show you how good he is. Great blessings belong to those who depend on him!
Psalm 34:8-9 (ERV)
3 There are some things you can be sure of. If clouds are full of rain, they will pour water on the earth. If a tree falls—to the south or to the north—then it will stay where it falls.
4 But there are some things that you cannot be sure of. You must take a chance. If you wait for perfect weather, you will never plant your seeds. If you are afraid that every cloud will bring rain, you will never harvest your crops.
Ecclesiastes 11:3-4 (ERV)
What are you waiting for? What is keeping you from changing? Decide to take a risk and trust God over yourself. Live differently instead of repeating the past. Decide to study the Bible daily to know God, pray until God gives you clarity, and obey the Bible over your own emotions.
3. Change: Fueled by Friendship
A few days later, Jesus entered Capernaum again. The people heard that he had come home. 2 So many people gathered that there was no room left. There was not even room outside the door. And Jesus preached the word to them. 3 Four of those who came were carrying a man who could not walk. 4 But they could not get him close to Jesus because of the crowd. So they made a hole by digging through the roof above Jesus. Then they lowered the man through it on a mat. 5 Jesus saw their faith. So he said to the man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Mark 2:1-5 NIRV
In this scripture, one man had three friends, and his three friends made a tremendous difference in his life. They took him to Jesus and God changed the man’s life. Change doesn’t happen alone.
Change is infectious. When our relationship with God changes, the world around us should feel it. We are meant to make a difference, not live in a bubble for ourselves.
1. Choose to Care: Invite someone to dinner, take them to lunch this week
2. Chance: Risk Your Comfort – Volunteer with E-soccer, E-hoops, participate in community service
3. Change: Study the Bible with a friend, create a support group Bible talk to meet a need and inspire faith!