Faith, God

Create In Me A Clean Heart, O God, And Renew A Right Spirit Within Me

Prosci’s change management methodology is based on research with over 2600 participants over the last fourteen years. What is unique about the methodology is that it comes from real project leaders and teams reflecting on what worked, what did not and what they would do differently on their next projects. At its core, Prosci’s methodology is the collective lessons learned by those introducing change across the globe. Based on this research, Prosci’s goal has been to develop a methodology that is holistic and at the same time easy to use. The resulting process, tools and assessments have been developed with one goal in mind: that you can put them to use on your projects, building your (and your organization’s) own internal change management skill set.

The first step in managing any type of organizational change is understanding how to manage change with a single individual. Prosci’s model of individual change is called ADKAR – an acronym for Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability and Reinforcement. In essence, to make a change successfully an individual needs:
• Awareness of the need for change
• Desire to participate and support the change
• Knowledge on how to change
• Ability to implement required skills and behaviors
• Reinforcement to sustain the change
ADKAR describes successful change at the individual level. When an organization undertakes an initiative, that change only happens when the employees who have to do their jobs differently can say with confidence, “I have the Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability and Reinforcement to make this change happen.” [1]

Can ADKAR be applied to our spiritual life? Do we have the Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability and Reinforcement to become Children of the Light (Cf. 1 Thes 5:5)? Does the word of God provide us the ADKAR we need for our spiritual conversion?

Here are some bible verses which bring awareness of the need for change. I find it pointless to meditate on verses that justify or affirm our behaviours if change or conversion is what we are trying to achieve.
“Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.” (John 3:5)
“The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15)
“Whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” (Matt 10:33; Luke 12:9; 2 Tim 2:12)
“I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.” (John 8:24)

What are some bible verses that bring about the desire to participate and support the change?
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:13-16)
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph 2:10)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28)

Here are some bible verses that tell us how God wants us to change:
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)
“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:14-15)
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matt 25:40)
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt 6:33)
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48)
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Matt 16:24-26)

What can we learn from the Bible about the ability to implement required skills and behaviors:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matt 7:7-11)
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Rom 8:32)
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Phil 2:13)
“For it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (Matt 10:20)

Here are some bible verses that provide the necessary reinforcement to sustain the change:
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Heb 4:12)
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Eph 6:11-18)
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (James 4:7-8)
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7)
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
“The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:23-25)
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

The first step in managing any type of organizational change is understanding how to manage change with a single individual. Let us manage our own spiritual conversion before trying to help others (Cf. Matt 7:4-5; Luke 6:42). I hope you have found the ADKAR model and scripture verses helpful.

Reference [1]: http://www.change-management.com/change-management-process.htm

Let us ask God to change our hearts with the hymn “Change My Heart O God”:

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