It's Transition Time
By Scott Presson
CBN Staff Writer
- It’s transition time. All over the Kingdom of God and throughout
the Church the word of the hour is “transition”. We keep hearing
that but what does it mean. Are we all in transition? If so, is your transition
going to spill over and affect my transition?
It does seem as if God is telling the whole Christian body to take a few
steps forward. In those steps, we’ll probably step on each others feet.
I imagine there’s going to be more than a few of us pushing and shoving.
Some of us are going to want to move forward. Others will want to stand still
or move backwards.
Let’s face it; God’s will is always changing us. He is always
transforming us and molding us to be something different than we are. In the
Word, God even refers to Himself as a potter and we are His clay. It’s
an easy image to see. A lump of clay is shaped into a vessel and then refined
in the fire until it is becomes purified and hardened. Only then is worthy
Change is never comfortable but it is a fact of life and it is the will of
God. We are changed as we grow in age and maturity. We are changed when we
accept Christ into our hearts. We are changed as we move deeper into a relationship
with God and accept His will in our lives.
God is refining us in His furnance. God is molding us into vessels that glorify
Him. This time of transition is going to make us feel uncomfortable but it
is God’s will. We all have certain things in life that we want and even
have planned for. Some of those plans will undoubtedly be disrupted. Don’t
Here’s what the Bible says:
"You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail." (Proverbs
God’s purpose is going to happen no matter what you and I plan. We
need to be patient with each other as never before. In other words, we’re
going to have look and act like Christians. We’re going to have to bear
one another’s burdens and be willing to overlook each others faults.
We’re going to have to learn to let those very real hurts and offenses
go quickly. We’re going to have to react out of love instead reacting
out of spite. It’s not going to be easy. God’s Word says He is
returning for a Church without spot or wrinkle. How will we ever be that Church
without going through the fire of refinement? We must press in and through.
If transition is the word of the hour, humility is the path to peace. If
we act out of humble hearts we will demonstrate to ourselves and to God that
we are the people He wants us to be. Only then will Jesus be glorified and
only then will the world see a group of loving and united believers fulfilling
their destiny. Now is the time of harvest. Don’t be discouraged. Don’t
be frightened. Be encouraged!! It’s promotion time!! But we must enter
in like never before. We must be servants towards each other.
Here are our marching orders. Here is the blueprint to live a life worthy
of our calling. Here is the way to walk by faith and not by sight:
Philippians 2 says,
"Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any
comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts
tender and sympathetic? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly
with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and
purpose. Don't be selfish; don't live to make a good impression on others.
Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don't think only
about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are
doing. Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had."
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