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When Your Life is in a Rut 

5/19/16

A few years ago our entire nation was ablaze with the hype and sloganeering of political campaigns, very much like we are today. Change was the buzz word that President Obama then Senator Obama utilized for his successful bid for president. Since that time many that supported this change have been asked how they feel about the changes that have been made. Some are whole heartedly still in favor and others are not.  

 

However the merits of President Obama changes are not my focus in writing this article. My focus is that occasionally we have to make some changes in our lives, because life is full of change. It is constantly changing. This is something that the older that one gets the more difficult it becomes, but change is necessary. 

 

We are constantly changing ourselves. We do not look the same as we did a few years ago and many times we do not act the same because life is constantly changing. 

 

Our world is also constantly changing; there was a time that it would take months to communicate to someone across the globe. However, today a person with a simple click of a mouse can send pictures, videos or electronic mail to some one that is thousands of miles away within in seconds. 

 

Yes, we are changing, our world is changing and life itself changes often. Not all change is bad; sometimes it is necessary that we make changes that we can improve what we are doing and how we are doing it. 

 

Whenever changes are made you can rest assured that some will not like it. Because it will require them to adapt and do things differently; many times some like being in the rut they are in. But the longer you remain in your rut the greater the toll it takes on you and the harder it is to move forward and eventually the harder it will be in coming out of it.    

 

But what is changed today will become the norm for tomorrow and will more than likely need to be change yet again somewhere in the future because life is constantly about changing.  

 

However with change we must recognize that many times our methods change but our message will never be altered. How we reach people will often change over the course of a life time, but the message that we reach them with will never change. It still takes the death, burial and resurrection to reach our world. It is still Acts 2:38, Acts 4:12, John 3:5-8, Ephesians 4:5-6, Colossians 2:9-10, etc… and etc. 

 

In the New Birth message there is an underlying principle of change. When Peter stood up on the Day of Pentecost and boldly declared to those that were listening that they had crucified their Lord and Savior, the very one they had been longing and looking for; his first command was REPENT! 

 

Repentance is one of the oldest methods of change that a person can and should make. In other words change is a part of the salvation message. 

 

We should not shun change because God doesn’t want us to remain as we are. He wants to change us and transform us into something better. We will never leave this world without the change that Christ brings when we become his. We must change if we want Him Lord in our lives. 

 

Acts 2:38-43

“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off….. Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. ….they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. ….many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.”

 

If your life is in a rut why don’t make some changes, some course corrections to get where God wants you, for you see not all change is bad. Sometimes we need change. 

 

Are you willing to get out of your ruts?  

 

Pastor Gavin J. Moon