Mark 1:5-8 Message Version – People thronged to him from Judea and Jerusalem and , as they confessed their sins, were baptized by him in the Jordan River into a changed life. … As he preached he said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism – a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit – will change you from the inside out.”

In Christ, we have been baptized into a life of change. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17. So many things come up for me as I ponder change. Some changes I am excited and overjoyed about. My eternity comes to mind first. I was destined for hell now heaven is my eternal home. Thank God for that change! And my relation to God. I once was the enemy of God now I am an adopted son. Praise God!

I also don’t mind change when it is my idea. If I want something different then change is good, for me. Then I remain in control. I’m directing my steps. I’m even bold enough to make others follow me on my new path. It was my idea, it must be a good one for everyone. But the more times that I’ve failed others with my decisions the more I shy away from this sort of change as well. I might offend someone after all.

But most of the time change scares me. I get accustomed to a certain pattern of life, a flow that I have laid out, that I control, one that I find safety in, one that meets my needs and my desires. But God calls me out of that comfort zone. He is more interested in my growth than in my comfort. You can’t grow without change. Sometimes that means that I have to let go of my safety net and hold onto Jesus instead. Where will He lead me? What will He ask of me? I have to give up my control over my life and embrace the change that the Spirit is working within me. He is my master. He is my Lord. I am the servant. He is in control. I am to follow where He leads. Can I trust God? Do I trust God?

How about you? As you ponder this life of change that Jesus has baptized you into, do you embrace it or fear it? Is change exciting or scary, an adventure to live or something to resist? How do you view change?