Prepare for Change
Why would you have to prepare for change? Can't you just jump into it? Well, for some that may be the case. But for others, myself included, it's a process we need to prepare our mind for. What that means is you have to prepare for what you must do and know that once you are ready you can move forward. It is trusting what you cannot see and don't understand. Chances are it won't make sense at the time because it's a faith journey, period. What you are doing is saying yes to change. Trusting where God is leading you, knowing he's doing what he must for your own good.
God meets you where you are. You don't have to be perfect. We will never be perfect so why try. You are who you are, where you are right now and you're ready. Whatever mess is going on in your life, whatever you don't like about yourself, he will fix it. You don't have to worry about how just that he does. He sees you, knows you and he has you. You can be ready for the Holy Spirit to get to work in you and your life. Just say yes.
What does that look like? Surrender. Yes, it's surrendering to His will and getting out of the way. Getting out of your own way, too.
I remember last year I went to visit a friend to help her get her house ready to put on the market. During that time the Lord was upon me, more than usual. I felt the spirit of God say to me that the Lord wants to do a lot for me and has big plans for me but I keep getting in the way. On one hand, I was excited to hear a direct message to me, yet on the other, I was confused. I thought I had already surrendered my will and let him do his thing. But as I thought about this for a while I realized I was still in the way. I was taking God's promises and trying to do what I thought should be done. I didn't think I was still doing that but as I looked at my actions, it was clear. I had to step back and let Him take the reins of my life and lead, direct and light up the path. I had to put trust into everything He wanted me to do. That was surrender, without complaining or my two cents. My mind had to be ready to do this or I'd put myself right back where I had been years before. And believe me, I did NOT want a repeat of that. It took many years to change and I was not going backward.
It was still a process, though. It was something I had to work on for some time because there was still a part of me that was not surrendered. I was strong-willed and that shows up even if you think you are doing the will of God. If you are a leader type of person, it's especially difficult because to lead, you must serve. I didn't understand that and this was a long lesson I had to learn; serve his people. Serve in love. I had to wrap my brain around this. I had to shift my thinking from what I used to believe.
Humility is a fruit of the spirit that is strong for this lesson. He will take you there however he has to for the sake of learning this valuable lesson. It encompasses kindness, self-control, patience and in other versions, it's long-suffering. I had a lengthy lesson in long-suffering. But that's me. God has a plan for us, a good, specific plan but he cannot use us until we are ready and prepared for the job. That may be within your family, marriage, business, work, church, anything. Only you know what he's shown you or put in your spirit. But it won't come until you are ready. That's just the way it is.
If you are willing to give up your will and let him do a work in you- then you are ready to say yes to his call on your life. You are ready to Embrace the change that's about to happen. If this sounds like you, then you have prepared your mind.
Philippians 1:6, “…He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Embrace the Change.