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May 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

Change and Transformation

Wow, just one week after temps in the 20s we are seeing temps in the 70s and 80s and perhaps in the 90s.  The pace of change as spring takes over is impressive.  Soon the long hot season of summer will come and we will give thanks for things like Crystal Beach, ice cream, and air conditioning (using the lovely new system just installed in the church.)

Spring is a bit of a metaphor for other changes in our lives, and how swiftly they can make themselves felt.  Change, it has been said, is the one constant in our lives.

Did you see the cartoon of a speaker asking his audience, “Who wants change?”  They all raised their hands.  Then he asked them, “Who wants to change?” and they were all suddenly looking at their feet and out the window…. None wanted to change.

Yet isn’t that exactly what we are called to do when God reaches out?  In every exchange between Jesus and other people reported in the Bible, it seems, was meant to change something about their lives. 

- “Go, sell all you have, and give to the poor.”
- “Go, and make disciples.”
- “Your faith has made you well.” 

Zacchaeus responded to Jesus foisting himself upon his hospitality saying, “Look, half of my possessions I will give to the poor and I will pay back four times whatever I have defrauded.”

Time after time, people changed their point of view, their actions, and their lives from meeting Jesus!

We all know the world is changing around us, and it always seems to change faster and faster. 

But the changes that God requires of us?  It would seem many folks don’t wish to comply – or may not even want to know what God wants from us if it means we have to change!

I think this is normal.

I also think this is risky – not so much for our immortal souls, although one could argue that, but for the world that is changing around us.  Will our reluctance (fear?) keep us in the old ways until we become completely irrelevant?

Or can we change how we “do church” and “live Christian lives” so that even in the swift changes of the world around us, we still have a message of love, hope, and transformation to offer God’s children in these times?

What changes will we allow to transform us?


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