Mutability. Change. Delta.
The concept of change is the fulcrum of the Gospel message.
Am I willing to look at myself in the mirror, accept who I am, (not) and commit to the hard work of change?
The Gospel message is about change. Changed hearts. Changed lives. Changed motivations. Changed intentions. Changed directions.
Without change– a life with Jesus becomes good information at best and good entertainment at worst.
Without change– the Gospel is devoid of value.
God changed the course of human history when He sent Jesus to die on a cross. He changed how he engaged humanity so you could change your life.
To anthropomorphize it, God changed in the hope that we would change.
Accepting Jesus is accepting that you need to change.
But I wonder how many people are actually open to change in their lives?
Am I open to change?
Is change a part of your life? Or do you just talk about it, asking others to change, but you are too good for that?
Or are you afraid to appear weak, displaying a changed heart?
If my byline is “Crazy enough to change the world” that implies that I’m always on the lookout for people, organizations, groups who are willing to change.
Sadly, among Jesus followers, few seem open to change.
They refuse to accept who they can become, thus refuse to change.
Pride sets in, change becomes impossible, and we become “about the Gospel” without living into the Gospel.
Christian organizations would rather go out-of-business, accepting failure, than change.
Churches would rather reach a decreasing congregation in an increasing population than change.
This deeply saddens me.
Oh, that we might be a people changed by the Gospel.