We all do things and can easily get caught up in them. And while we know in the back of our minds that those things are valuable and important, we’re not always cognizant of it. This has been my experience as a result of our recent study through the book of 1 Corinthians. You see, I work in and for the church. I am regularly engaged in preparing sermons, training leaders, coaching staff, developing vision and communicating a ton. However, over time I may have forgotten just how critical what I do really is.
A few weeks ago we talked through 1 Corinthians 12 and asked how we view ourselves, how we view others and why did God call us together. Here are a few thoughts from that sermon. Enjoy.
I just returned from walking my girls to the bus stop. It’s a raining morning so both girls took umbrellas to keep them dry while we waited for the bus. Once they get on the bus, they hand me the umbrellas so I might bring them back home. So while I was walking back home with my “Dora” umbrella over my head (to keep me dry) I started reflecting…. before kids I wouldn’t be caught dead sporting a Dora umbrella. For that matter, I probably wouldn’t have driven a mini-van or let someone “do my hair” in a goofy fashion with pink bows. Kids change a person. And while you could say I was too vain back then or too concerned with my image and what other people think and you probably be right. But what I wonder about is why I am so comfortable with things I used to be totally uncomfortable with? Why did it not bother me when several neighbors saw me with a Dora umbrella? I guess there are those things in life that change and impact us enough that our value systems change. What we once thought was important no longer is and what we didn’t realize was important all of sudden is critical to survival.
Change is hard. It doesn’t matter if what you’re currently living with is less than the best, it’s what you know and the thought of entering into what you don’t know is scary. So if change is difficult even for someone who clearly knows they need a change, how difficult is it for those who don’t? However, change is in the DNA of every Christian. The Christian life is about change. Change from dead to alive, sinner to saint, dark to light, childish to mature — the list goes on all throughout the Bible. Every true Christian must embrace change as “normal”. Before heaven, there will always be a next step and God will continue to invite us, call us, challenge us to become who He intended and made us to be. So…. if change is a part of what it means to be a Christian and change is difficult, especially for those who don’t see a need to change — how do we deal with this?