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 (Num.14: 18; Ps.86: 15).  He 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 Pe.3: 9).  He does not want us to miss His gift of grace (Heb.12: 15).  God proved His love for us by sending His Son to show us what we must do to be fitted for God’s kingdom (Jn.3: 1-21; Mk.1: 15). 

Jesus has a banquet for us but we must be properly attired (Mt22: 11-13).  Our lives must be filled with things that will not leave us stranded outside when He invites us to be with Him (Mt.25: 1-113).  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’ Church or body (II Cor.5: 17).  Our Heavenly Father wants His children to be at their best behavior.  He wants them disciplined with stamina and endurance (Heb.12: 4-13).  He does not want us to be swept by every wind and doctrine (Eph.4: 14).  He has a whole set of rules for us (Mt.5-7).  Our Heavenly Father wants us to serve Him on our feet and not only on our knees (Heb.12: 12).  He wants us to grow up from being infants in the faith (Heb.5: 11- 06: 02: I Cor.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 (Lk.21: 18).  He is far more generous than our earthly parents.  He will only give us gifts that are beneficial (Lk.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 (Lk.18: 6-8).  But while we are in this world, we must endeavor to save ourselves (Lk.21: 19).  We must remain on that narrow road that Jesus himself has traveled (Mt.7: 13-14).