[Jesus’] message, and the message about him that the early Christians
called good news, was not about how to escape that world.
It was about how the one true God
was changing it,
and for ever.
Tom Wright, Simply Good News
It got me thinking about all those discussions around ‘change’ about 20 years ago. How it was something to be resisted. Seen as negative.
I think we got the whole change thing the wrong way around. People were worried about changing the church, how we did things, and traditions long held and valued. Sure, some things about church need to change. Semper reformanda and all that.
What we missed is that Jesus is all about change. Changing people. Changing his world. Doing this through the power of his death, rising and rule. Living in people. As he changes people, they bring his change into his world.
…just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too me live a new life (Romans 6:4)
I am too slow to bring this change in my life. No wonder my impact is minimal. And as a pastor, I don’t see to much change in others. They struggle to see their faith bite into life reality, except for a few hours on Sunday and some quiet time every other day.
You’re a follower of Jesus? Then he’s living in you through his spirit. He intends to empower you and enable you to live the values of his Kingdom today, in whatever you’re doing. How you drive. How to treat people. How you love your kids. How you treat your body. How you stand up for the friendless and the forsaken.
What change are you living today? How will people get an idea about Jesus and heaven by how you behave, and speak, live and love?
The cliche is ‘be the change you want to see.’ That’s a bit self centred and short sighted.
I would rather say ‘be the change God wants people around you to see.’
If God would change your context, where you are right now, how would he do that? What would need to happen?