A lady came to the hospital to visit a friend. She had not been in a hospital for several years and felt very ignorant about all the new technology. A technician followed her onto the elevator, wheeling a large, intimidating looking machine with tubes and wires and dials. "Boy, would I hate to be hooked up to that thing," she said. "So would I," replied the technician. "It's a floor cleaning machine."
John 14:23: “Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”
Some of us may feel like we’re connected to a floor cleaning machine with all the changes we’ve made at FBC, but if we understand why we make changes and understand how these changes enable us to accomplish our goals and be more productive, we should be energized and encouraged. As we look at that verse, we see what is important to the Lord. It’s not so much about our words or our good intentions than keeping His Word. We’re not saved by the depth of our love, but by the depth of the Father’s love. Talk about change, that’s a big one, loving Jesus instead of loving ourselves or this world. But, notice how He does the rest. He comes to us. He does the real work. It’s all about Him, not us. That’s something that doesn’t change, like His Message and the Mission He has given us, but methods will change.
Sure, just as there are newer bigger floor cleaners that can do more floors and faster, there are different ways to reach more people for Christ. If we can do something different that will enable us to be more effective, why wouldn’t we do it? The real question is, if we get the bigger, better floor cleaning machine and never use it, nothing will change the fact that we still have dirty floors! If we go to the trouble of making some difficult changes in our church, but do not invest our lives in ministry and reaching out to our neighbors, the changes are for nothing. Instead of focusing on change, let’s focus on the job at hand. Let’s join God in building His Kingdom.