by Dr. Jon Engstrom (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Transition is not a word that I could find in any of the twelve or fifteen English translations of the Bible that are on my computer. Though the word is not in the Bible, transition is a biblical concept and a present day reality.
The walk of faith begins with transition. “Get out of the land of your fathers and go to a land that I will show you”1 For Abram this call of God would lead to every conceivable type of transition. The first and greatest was religious transition from serving dead idols to serving a living God. He then faced a personal transition as he left his father’s house. But there was also geographical change, cultural change and language changes. Think about the transition of giving birth to child when you and your wife are in your nineties.
The ministry of Jesus began with transition. John the Baptist prophesied, “He must increase, and I must decrease.” 2 The Lord Jesus transitioned upward into the fulfillment of His calling. John had the painful and difficult transition from being the best known prophet to being a confused prisoner. “Is he the one or should we look for another?” 3
In a very short time Jesus began to prepare His disciples for their transition, “ Where I am going you cannot come…It is a good thing that I go to My Father…I have been with you but I will be in you…As the Father hath sent me, so send I you,” 4
As believers, transition is inevitable. “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation. Behold old things pass away, and all things become new.”5 We are born again into a glorious life of supernatural takeover and upheaval.” Also as ministers of the Lord, we answer a call to go where we have never been before. I have ministered for forty years; there has been very little repetition and constant transition. Changes and being changed, our lives seldom fall into the realm of “normal”. The one thing that doesn’t change is God’s love for us and His great faithfulness. “Lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”6 The promise that carries us on is, “He who has begun a good work in you shall complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who called you who will also do it.” 7
We will transition “from faith to faith” and “from glory to glory”8, but our best Friend is in charge and in control, everything working for our good and His glory.
- Gen. 12:1
- John 3:30
- Matt. 11:3
- John 14,15,16
- 2 Cor. 5:17
- Matt. 28:20
- Phil. 1:6
- Rom 1:17 and 2 Cor. 3:18