4 dynamics of change

101125Genesis 8:22:  While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

There are four kinds of change that are reflected in the focus verse: 1. productivity (seedtime and harvest), 2. temperature (cold and heat),3. intensity of activity (summer and winter), and 4. phases (day and night). The discussion will treat them as symbols for us to understand the dynamics of change in our lives.

Seedtime and harvest

There cannot be harvest without seedtime. Seedtime is the when to prepare. Moses had eighty years to prayer for a forty-year ministry. Jesus prepared for thirty years for a three-year-plus ministry. You need to find out what the best use(s) of your time and resources is/are for the needed harvest you want in your life.

When it comes to giving, it is described as a form of sowing which will lead to an harvest of provision that will be reaped. Jesus said: give and it shall be given to you (Luke 6:38), good measure pressed down and running over, shall men pour into pour bosom.

In the same vein, Paul said that he who sows sparingly will reap sparingly and he who sows bountifully will reap bountifully, adding that God loves a cheerful giver (2Corinthians 9:6-7).  What we want changed, in harvest, we must change, in seed sown.

Paul also said that we should not be weary in well-doing because in due season, we will reap if we faint not (Galatians 6:9). The change you want is an harvest, but are you putting down the required seed in resources and energy? The reality of sowing and harvesting makes our actions and inactions to be packed with possibilities beyond their immediate meanings.

God himself practiced sowing and reaping. He sowed his son to reap many sons into glory (Hebrews 2:10). Jesus, referring to himself, said that except a corn of wheat (Jesus) falls to the ground and dies, it abides alone, but when it dies, it brings forth many fruits (in the souls that are saved) (John 12:23-24). Sowing unlocks the law of multiplication.

In the parable of the sower, the seed is the word of God (Luke 8:11), which when sown has the probability of generating fruits unto eternal life (John 4:36). What is locked in the seed is life. It is the very life of God himself.

James wrote that we should receive the engrafted word which is able to save our souls (James 1:21-22). The word that you have sown in your soul is meant to bring forth the harvest of a changed life and lifestyle. That is why Peter wrote that as newborn babes we should be desire the sincere milk of the word that we may grow through it as we take it in (1Peter 2:2). There is no spiritual fruit that can be seen in our lives apart from what the seed of the word of God produces.

When you understand the imperative of sowing and reaping, you will realise that the time of sitting down to hear the word of God, reading spiritual books, reading the books of the bible, hearing it, is a serious time of positive sowing, and change is around the corner. Talking about a blessed man, David said that he is the one who meditates day and night on the word of God; the result is that he prospers (Psalm 1).

Cold and heat

This is reflects temperature changes. We need protection from extremes of the weather with the clothes we wear. The bible makes us to understand that there are good and bad clothing.

There are clothes that have to do with righteousness and praise in the bible.

Righteousness

We should have the righteousness of Christ as garment (Isaiah 61:10, Job 29:14). That is a spiritual robe of righteousness. The opposite is the filthy garment of self righteousness (Isaiah 64:6).

Cloth confers identification and protection. While the robe of righteousness that we received through Jesus gives us the identity of being children of God and confers protection on our minds, heart and will against the influence of evil; the garment of unrighteousness, or self-righteousness, identifies us as a rebel against God, and makes us susceptible to all satanic and sinful influences.

Praise

There is the garment of praise which the bible contrasts with the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3).  The garment of praise identifies you as someone with a heart of thanksgiving; and protects you from fear, worry and other expressions of lack of trust in God, since in praise, your trust in God gets activated the more.

However, the spirit of heaviness puts us in bondage to depression, with swirling thoughts that are self-mollifying and condemning in us, giving us the identity of being slaves to evil influences on your emotions.

Summer and winter

The book of Proverbs says that we should learn from the ant who prepares its supply in the summer, which will last all winter (Proverbs 6:6-11).

Jeremiah said that it is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth (Lamentation 3:27). Solomon advised that we should remember the Lord in our youth (Ecclesiastes 12:1).

In a sense, every time is preparation time, for the future projection of accomplishment. But the time of youth is specially so.

There is a day of reckoning that will reveal how well you have been using your time, energy and resources in time past. Preparation in summer for the ant will show how well it will do later in the winter. Summer describes the time of intense activity, while in winter, the condition is not right for intense activities, and you benefit from the work you have done in the summer.

Day and night

Day and night describes the completion of a cycle of activity, giving way for another to begin. In creation, there were seven days, describing different phases of the creation act.

There are also seasons in our lives where we should understand that some things have passed and some other things have begun, and we need to change accordingly, in our focus, pursuit, and priority.

Looking at the life of Jesus, we can see at least three irreversible phases, that he went through.

He was the eternal Word, that was his pre-incarnation state (John 1), with a different form from what we see him become at incarnation when he came to execute the plan for the salvation of mankind. The incarnation marks the beginning of a day and night season for him (after eternity past of being the Word). Then after his resurrection he began a new phase of existence in his glorified body (1Corinthians 15:45).

Summary

When you want to change in productivity, look into how and what you are sowing (a change that can only be positive with adequate timeous preparation); when you want a spiritual change, put off the garment of self righteousness and put on the robe of Christ.

Lastly, there is a change that cannot be reversed (or caused), we only need to wrap our minds around its reality, learn the new rules of operation, because there is no going back. The sin of Adam led to an irreversible change in how things were. What Jesus brings is not just going back to how Adam was, but a new order of things, higher than that (2Corinthians 5:16-17).

These four dynamics, play out in the changes we see on the earth and in our lives. Understand them.

 

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