How can we make a lasting change in our lives? Why is this important for us to do this in the last days?
Making change that lasts is hardly done in an instant. No one can instantly repent, instantly turn to Jesus, and instantly live holy lives. Even the thief on the cross did not utter his prayer to Jesus on a last-minute whim. So how can we make the lasting changes in our lives that will prepare us for the coming crisis and the coming kingdom? The simple answer? Start small.
Have you ever noticed that the Lord Himself always starts small? He created the entire human race with just Adam and Eve (Gen. 1:27, 28). With just two institutions, marriage and the Sabbath, God created the means to teach us how to obey the two greatest commandments (Gen. 2:1-3, 23, 24; Exod. 20:8-11; Matt. 22:36-40). He spread the way of the Lord around the world through the faith of one man and his descendants, who were the smallest of people (Gen. 12:1-3, 18:18, 19; Deut. 7:7). In doing this, He taught us that it is the small things in life that make the largest difference.
We can see this same lesson in our own lives. If you want to change your diet, for example, start by adding something healthy to your meal and taking our something unhealthy (That’s how I changed mine!). Picking up just one piece of trash daily can eventually change an entire environment. Helping just one homeless person can turn the tide against poverty.
If small changes like this can improve your health and change the world around you, imagine what adding five minutes of prayer and Bible study a day can do in increasing your faith and overcoming your sins. The Bible tells us that this can happen.
“…I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and will be their God, and they shall be my people” (Jer. 31:33).
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Ps. 119:11)
Daily Bible study and communion with God allows Him to write His Word upon your heart and the more you communicate with each other, your faith in Him increases. The sins you indulge (openly or secretly) begin to lose their power as you grow in the knowledge of God.
“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Pet. 1:21).
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16).
“But we all…are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:18).
Through the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of the Lord, God completely changes your life. But the results of this change do not affect just you. Everyone has a longing in their heart for something that material goods and idol worship (self-worship and paganism) cannot satisfy. Your small, five-minute-a-day change can be the very means that will bring them to the faith of Jesus and transform their lives.
This one change, though small, will make the greatest difference in the coming crisis. The Bible tells us that those who have the Word of God (particularly, the commandments) and the faith of Jesus will remain loyal to God when the world is forced to worship the antichristian kingdom as God (2 Thess. 2:1-4; Rev. 13:1-4, 15). Many people think, like Peter once did, that they will be ready to die for Jesus in the world’s last trial (Matt. 26:33-35). But if they did not make the small changes needed to stand for God before this time, they will deny their God as Peter denied Jesus with cursing and swearing (Matt. 26:74).
Do not wait for the greatest trial of all time to instantly change your life and instantly give you strong faith. Faithfully make the small changes that will gradually transform your life now. Five minutes of Bible study and prayer a day can (and will) make the difference you need to stand up for Jesus in the crisis to come.
“His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matt. 25:21, 23).
“So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up…But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come” (Mk. 4:26, 27, 29).
“…Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God?…It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs…(Mk. 4:30-32).