Have you noticed anything different about me? My 13 year old grand-niece asked me, recently, that very question. Having not seen her for about a year, among other things; she was noticeably taller. During those formative years… a lot can happen, and seeming, pretty quickly.
So it is… when we are deeply engrossed in building our career. When we are growing in our business careers… these phenomena, for the tad aggressive, will also take place? After a period of absence; people who may not see you very often… be they social, family, business, or even spiritual environs… may see a decided difference in our work habits, performance, up-ward movement, or conversely, if our career is taking a downward turn, it is even more predominantly noticed.
Our changes are easily detected, as we often “show our progress” by the way we live and conduct ourselves. An individual who has not seen you for a while, will notice these differences even more quickly than those individuals who are not so readily seen. We often show progress. or change… by changes in our attitude…some more lofty, others downtrodden, a new car, or the same o’rattle-trap, the latest style of clothing, or the same o’baggy pants from by-gone times. Change is both… inevitable, and necessary….for growth, development, strength… and maturity.
Now in the case of our spiritual standing, with God…do people see a noticeable difference in our demeanor? Is it because we’re standing STRONG; or conversely…we’re are moving in reverse…a backslider? Are we “stuck” in neutral? Maybe we’re neither “cold nor hot.”
What “is different about you”…what are you being noticed for? Are our changes for good… or for…not so good?
We are warned in… Matthew 10:22 – All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. …Thus says the Lord. We’re also told in Revelations 3:15-17…. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. ‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.