CHANGE, A PROCESS AND AN EVENT
I once saw a sign that said, “Change is a process not an event”, and I got to thinking that actually change is both a process and an event, because in order to change something it takes action on our part and in order for change to be lasting we must put into practice the change we want to see. So, we have both an event and a process. My dad uses to say when he was trying to lose weight; “I didn’t put this weight on overnight, so it is not going to come off overnight”. While he knew the weight would eventually come off over time with diligence and hard work, he also knew he had to make a decision to get started. Many deal with the heavy weight of sin without ever trying or trusting Jesus at his word. Matthew 11:28-30 reads, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” In this passage Jesus extends an invitation to us like no other, and the event is for us to come. In fact, coming to Jesus is the very first step we must take. When a baby takes their very first steps, they are nervous and excited at the same time. Mommy and Daddy are beckoning them to come and promise to catch them when they fall. Similarly, Jesus asks us to come and to put our trust in Him, and when we do the event has now taken place. He then says, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me”. Now we get the process because here is where action is required on our part. Jesus asks us to accept what He is offering and learn from Him. Many want what Jesus has to offer but are unwilling to go through the process to realize lasting and life altering change. It’s amazing that so many are willing to go through heartache and heartbreak rather than follow Jesus. Worldly comfort foods and vices such as alcohol, drugs, infidelity, hatred, and every type of immoral act you can imagine, leads to nothing but physical and spiritual death. The bible reads in Isaiah 57:20, “But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud”. The wicked love to waller in the mud and are happy to live in a constant state of unrest. Their yoke is that of bondage and servitude to their father, Satan. Jesus says, His yoke is easy, and His burden is light”. Why would anyone want to be shackled with the weight and burden of sin when Jesus has already taken them to the cross? Jesus knows very well the heavy weight, devastation and burdens sin causes. He invites us to come to a place of rest where His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. Change isn’t always easy and does not always happen overnight, but a step in Jesus’s direction can cause an event that will lead to a process of lasting change when we are willing to see it through.