When you and I say to God, “Change me,” we’d better know what we’re saying because we are not just going to wake up different the next morning. Instead, God is going to give us an opportunity, through opposition, to grow as we change. If we tell God we want to change in our love walk, then we can count on Him putting someone in front of us that’s hard to love.
“If we plan to progress in life, we need to know that there’s a price to pay.”
James 1 tells us how important it is to have patience when we’re changing and facing opposition. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit that only develops and grows under trial, and is something we need. James 1:4 says that when we have it, we’re perfect, lacking nothing. However, there’s just no way to get it without going through something to receive it.
It doesn’t mean that all we’ll face is opposition, but it does mean that along the way the devil is going to try to stop us from having what God wants us to have or doing what God wants us to do. If we really want to be victorious Christians who serve God and make a difference in the world, then we are going to have to go through some challenges. I think the absolute worst thing we could do is look back on our lives and realize that we didn’t choose to let God work through us to bless other people.