Reasons to change

By Larry Platner

Day 13

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” ESV

To follow Jesus is to let go. What in your life are you reluctant to let go? What obligations, comforts, securities, dreams, friends, are rooting you in a place? Not to say these are wrong but when Jesus calls us to a change in order to follow Him, do you have a list of reasons that you feel prevent you from following his call?  Can Jesus be trusted? Is He asking too much? Or is your faith too small? If you are in Christ then you are made to follow Him wherever he leads you.

Following is a list of questions from Sarah Yardley to help you evaluate your reasons for change.

– What has catalysed my desire for change in this area? How did I arrive where I am today? Do I sense the Word of God, leading of the Spirit or wise counsel prompting me to change?

– How has this been confirmed?

– If this area changes, will I be the only one to benefit or will there be any benefit for others? What are the next three practical steps that I need to take towards this change?

– What one step can I take today?  Be intentional about the ways in which you approach change. 

(Sarah Yardley, More Change, Ashford Colour Press, Potterhanworth, Lincolnshire, 2021, Kindle Version Loc 933)