A Change to Change

We love to hear that we have a kind and loving God or Heavenly Father. Indeed the Lord God is full of compassion, grace, and mercy, forgiving and longsuffering (Numbers 14:18; Psalm 86:15). God is especially longsuffering, meaning that He is overly patient with us, giving us every chance to repent and correct our ways. He is not willing that anyone should perish without having had that chance to change (II Peter 3: 9). He does not want us to miss His gift of grace (Hebrews 12:15). God proved His love for us by sending Jesus, His Son, to show us what we must do to be fitted for God’s Kingdom (John 3:1-21; Mark 1:15). 

Jesus has a banquet for us, but we must be properly attired (Matthew 22:11-13). Our lives must be filled with things that will not leave us stranded outside when He invites us to be with Him (Matthew 25:1-13). He does not want us to come as sinners or the way we are but as new beings in Christ.  The old person must be left behind so that a new person can enter Christ’s Church and Christ’s Body (II Corinthians 5:17). God, our Heavenly Father wants His children to be at their best behavior. God wants them disciplined with stamina and endurance (Hebrews 12:4-13). He does not want us to be swept by every wind and doctrine (Ephesians 4:14). God has a whole set of rules for us (Matthew 5-7). Our Heavenly Father wants us to serve Him on our feet, and not just only on our knees (Hebrews 12:12). God wants us to grow up from being infants in the faith (Hebrews 5:11-6:2; I Corinthians 13:11). 

Our Heavenly Father has not forgotten us in our struggle in this world. Not even a single hair that falls off our heads is unnoticed (Luke 21:18). God is far more generous than our earthly parents. God will only give us gifts that are beneficial (Luke 11:11-13). And if we are put in the wrong or accused falsely, our Heavenly Father promised to see that we would receive justice (Luke 18:6-8). But while we are in this world, we must endeavor to save ourselves (Luke 21:19). We must remain on that narrow road that Jesus, Himself, has traveled (Matthew 7:13-14).