What happens when you grow? You change.
What happens when you age? You change.
Hopefully the two go together and we change as we grow older. Truth is – not everyone who ages grows.
Yet, eveyone who grows changes.
There comes a point in life where it takes so much energy to fit into and connect with places you’ve outgrown that it would be better to graciously move on.
JESUS TRANSITION – AND YOURS
There came a “fullness of times” when Jesus quietly layed asside his carpentor tools. No doubt, as a responsible first born son running the family business he explained to his mother that he would be leaving for a season and went off to the wilderness for a 40 day transition. When that 40 days was over he was changed. He could never go back. Local townsfolks thought he had lost his mind and even his “friends” were concerned about him: “And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.” (Mark 3:22 KJV) Some translations say it was Jesus “family” that thought He was beside himself. Remember, “James” the first senior elder in the Jerusalem church, was Jesus brother by the same mother. And he did NOT follow Jesus during His ministry. When did he get converted? He was visited by Jesus personally after the resurrection.
“After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; THEN He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.â€¦” (1 Cor 15:7 KJV)
Now THERE is proof of Jesus divinity. If anyone knows your sins its your kid brother. James did not believe his brother was the Messiah till He was raised from the dead. BUT he could not discount His claim to being sinless because he never once saw Jesus sin while growing up!
I am intrigued with these corner areas of the Gospel and in particular I wonder about what Jesus was like before His public ministry. Not much is known about Him in this period. What was he like while he was a local personality? What changed about Him when He cam back from His 40 day fast and baptism in power? In some ways He was the same, but in some significant ways He was totally different. He grew. He changed. He could not go back- even when He tried to do so. To them (even family) he was mad.
However… a new crowd began to form and they liked what they heard. The same will happen to you. A new crowd will be drawn even as a former audience will scratch their heads and wonder what happened to you!
Don’t think it strange. If you are a communicator or a leader your thoughts will always cloth themselves in the nearest physical equivalent to the message you carry. Your audience is attracted and connected by the “Word” you herald.
This is an exciting concept because it means that as you change your audience either grows with you or turns itself over. Don’t try to hold on to those who won’t go forward.
Simply be true to your message and be the embodiment of that message to the best of your ability. The right people will love the real you and if the old friends don’t like it- don’t change who you have become. In time they may find themselves moving down the same path and will meet up with you later.
James went from being an unbeliever to becoming the senior statesman of the church in Jerusalem.
For many of us there is one more important spiritual upgrade in us that must be manifest. Some important changes. The year 2015 in Strongs hebrew concordance is “Change.” In Greek the number 2015 is “Manifestation.” Put together…this is your year of change and manifestation.
But thats another post for another time…