A recent bride called her mother one evening in tears. "Oh, Mom, I tried to make Grandmother's meat loaf for dinner tonight, and it's just awful! I followed the recipe exactly, and I know I have the recipe right because it's the one you gave me. But it just didn't come out right, and I'm so upset. I wanted this to be so special for George because he loves meat loaf. What could have gone wrong?" Her mother replied soothingly, "Well, dear, let's go through the recipe. You read it out loud and tell me exactly what you did at each step, and together we'll figure it out." "OK," the bride sniffled. "Well, it starts out, 'Take fifty cents worth of ground beef' ..." Just like the cost of ground beef, everything changes.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” II Corinthians 5:17
You know, we all like change when we’re in control of it or if it makes us more comfortable. And there are some changes we can control, but there are some that we can either prepare for, react to or just be affected by. When seasons of change come our way, we have a choice: will I see it as an opportunity or resist it like the enemy. Church is often the place where people will draw a line in the sand and sing, “I shall not be moved!” But, our unchanging God is about loving people in a changing world, not loving change because the world is always changing. It’s all about the motive. We change because we’re trying to reach a changing world. We change because we love the Lord and others more than we love our comfort, our plans, our wants, and our ways. Our church is facing the opportunity for some real change if we are going to be obedient in making disciples of all nations. These changes will be a challenge, but at least they don’t involve hot flashes!
“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23