Transitions

Transition is defined as the process of changing from one state or condition to another.  It could be from one job to another, moving physical locations, or getting married.  They are all forms of transition.  Whether it is expected or not, transition is often accompanied by apprehension as we step into the unknown, and it involves a large measure of work.

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We’ve moved several times, and each time we pack, we go through the process of reevaluating whether something is necessary or has outlived its usefulness and needs to be disposed.  It’s amazing how much trash a person discovers they’ve lived with during the transitional phase!

The same is true spiritually.  The Lord is calling us to transition to a higher place of understanding, of covenant relationship, of effectiveness for His Kingdom, and sometimes that can be scary.  While exciting, we can always rest assured that where we  think the Lord is taking us is not necessarily where we’ll end up, and it will be a grand adventure in which our faith is stretched, our motivations are checked, and our character is tested.

Just as we do in a physical move, spiritual movement requires us to go through a time of evaluation.  There are things in our lives that need to be gotten rid of – we’ve lived with them long enough.  The Lord wants us to move forward and up in freedom, not shackled by our pasts.  We can’t ascend to the mountain when we’re chained to the valley.

Sometimes our capacity needs to be expanded, so that we can move to a greater place of ministry.  God wants to empower you to reach those around you.  Wherever you are or whatever you do, He wants to use it for His glory.  Often times that means we need to stretch and learn, being teachable.

This process is facilitated by the Holy Spirit, which means we need to have an intimate relationship with Him.  We need to learn to discern His voice and act on it.  If you were to evaluate your Christian journey, you would find that it has been a series of transitions, some smooth, some more difficult.  The point is that the Holy Spirit is constantly moving in the world, and the sooner we learn how to move with Him, the easier each transition.

So, no matter where you are right now, here’s to getting rid of the trash, and expanding our capacity!  Let’s move forward under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and do so knowing that wherever we end up, it will be a place of blessing, because He is already there.