The spiritual journey includes many different seasons, rhythms, and transitions.
In my book, Finding Organic Church, I dedicate an entire chapter on spiritual seasons. Today, I want to add to that chapter by talking about transitions for the individual believer.
Transitioning from one season to another can be scary and exciting at the same time.
Here are a few quick thoughts on entering into transitions:
* Oftentimes Christians will feel stuck where they are, frustrated, restless, and lack peace . . . but will not recognize that the Lord is bringing them through a transition from one phase to another.
* When recognizing that you are in a transition, seek the Lord with all your heart for His clear direction. Before you make a decision, wait on Him until you have His peace concerning what to do. If you are part of a healthy body of believers that you have truly been built together with, ask them for confirmation and guidance. If you are not, then seek Him on your own (or with your spouse if you are married). He has promised to give you wisdom if you do not doubt.
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. (James 1:5-8)
* Transitions often include physically relocating to another place where God wants you to be for a time, to learn, to grow, to have a new life-experience. Sometimes it includes taking a break and retreating from some specific work or activity. Sometimes it includes taking up a new activity or act of service. Sometimes it includes journeying with a new group of believers and throwing your lot in with them.
* Transitions, if they are led of the Lord, will never violate the enduring principles of the cross (losing one’s life), love (treating others the same way you would want to be treated if you were standing in their shoes), and His eternal purpose which He has called all of His children to fulfill (that you would be in the experience of the bride of Christ, the house of God, the body of Christ, and the family of God) . . . not in name or rhetoric, but in reality.