Change is the only Constant at Renewed Life – Kelsey Tarrant
Nothing is static in the universe
You can resist it but change happens every moment and not doing anything is setting in motion concrete actions that will eventually change.
Taking care of a house or not then the weeds and nature overtakes it.
your molecules are even moving all the time in resonate frequency.
The world changes and is moving whether we move or not.
The question isn’t will we change but how will we change?
And do not be conformed to this world [age], but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
In this verse there is a negative command followed by a positive command: “do not be conformed . . . but be transformed . . . .
This word is metamorphosis means to change from immature to an adult. From one stage of being to another. In our spiritual condition there is no room to stay static. This is not in God’s plan. We are either pushing into deeper more spiritually mature waters or going the opposite direction into further and deeper deception.
Does this now explain the chasm between us in the United States today? One side is seeking to adhere to what is known as traditional Christian values and the other is pushing the limit’s. This goes beyond any political discussion. This goes to the core of our understanding of God.
One of our early leaders P. F. Bresee was heard to say something that is relevant for us today in our post-Christian and post- modern world.
“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; but in all things, love.”
As we are seeking our way as a church into a new building we need to remember this quote. There will be many challenges ahead and many new faces and ideals. People always come with agendas and try to change any church or organization. We need to approach them with love.
We need to be quick to listen not just to the questions they ask but to the heart and experiences behind these questions.
What can we learn from them and how can our understanding be flavored by our mutual experience?
The essentials we cannot and must not budge on. These are the foundational and core issues of Christianity. If these move then we have built our house on shifting sand.
The non-essentials are cultural biases which we even see expressed in scripture.
1 Corinthians 11: 13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair it is a disgrace to him, 15 but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her as a covering. 16 But if anyone wants to argue about this, we have no other custom, nor do the churches of God.
This is not even an issue today in church because it was more of a cultural requirement than a spiritual command.
What needs to change?
This is a question we do not fear. But we never change just for the sake of change. There needs to be a reason. Do we have scriptural backing? If it is cultural then how do we express this in a way that produces closeness to God by everyone?
Embrace also the continual spiritual enlightenment of God. Our minds are being Renewed – Transformed – daily. Remember what is normal to us is our carnal sinful way of viewing and living in the world. What Jesus through the Holy Spirit brings is a counter – culture way of living. Be prepared to be questioned and even misunderstood. You are not alone in this. As a matter of fact you now have joined countless followers of God who have been misunderstood and even persecuted for loving and being the light in a dark world.
Viva la Change