BATTLE to ICKLESHAM
If everything around you seems to be changing, perhaps you’ve been standing still too long
Extract from Reflections Journal – Saturday 26th August 2017
Change – People seem to find change difficult. When faced with something new all too often the instinct is to shy away from it and stick to what we know. When we have been doing something the same way for a long time we can get into the mindset that it is the ‘right way’ to do it; It was when we started doing it like this and it still is today. If there’s one thing certain about life it’s that we will face change, and if we try to avoid the future that change might bring we risk not simply standing still in the present but more likely being stuck in the past.
It interests me that this challenge of change is so prevalent in church. We are supposed to be the gathering of those who are seeking to follow Jesus and the essence of following implies that we should be moving forwards, but so often church seems to find itself stuck in ‘the way it’s always been done’. I understand that church shouldn’t simply change for the sake of changing, especially if the nature of change is disconnected from the purpose of church, but I do believe that church should be ready to embrace change, especially where it has the potential to enrich, energise, enliven or evolve our efforts to glorify God.
As Christians the call to follow Jesus is a call to grow more like him. To deliberately deepen our relationship with him in order that we might become the people God created us to be. In becoming more Christ-like we must change as we let go of all attitudes, actions and behaviours that kept us distanced from God. God is in the business of transformation (change).
Perhaps ironically, one of the things that should give us the confidence to embrace change is the knowledge that God doesn’t change. Wherever we are in life, and whatever challenges lie ahead of us, we can stand on the truth that tells us;
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever
Hebrews 13:8 NIV
There are two ways of looking at our life situations, and two ways of relating them to our relationship with God. We can let our changeable circumstances define how we relate to and see God, or we can let our relationship with God define how we see the circumstances. When we stand on the edge of something new we can step into it knowing that God will always be exactly where he has been – unchanging, reliable, steadfast.