Listen to: Mark Harris, One True God
You know you might be Presbyterian if you can name some or all of the following:
PCA, PCUS, PCUSA, PC(USA), PC(U.S.A.), PCUSA(NS), PCUSA(OS), RPCES, RPCNA-GS, RPCNA, EPC, OPC, ARP, NAPARC, CRC, RCA, BPC, BPC-Collingswood, BPC-Columbus, CPC, TE, RE, WCF, WLC, WSC, BCO, UPC, UPCNA, UPCUSA, NPC, COM, CLP, CPM, NFoG, ECOP.
Presbyterians. We even do change "decently and in order!" Think of all the change in denominations and committees this list represents!
We are a world in flux, in a denomination facing enormous change, a congregation in time of significant transition, each of us is facing change in some area of our lives. This past year of COVID has brought us through a whirlwind of change. Life seemed to fall apart, when in reality it is being reconfigured in order to move forward more alive, more whole, more vibrant. Thank God we have a God who is eternal, and can change us, mold us in the image of Christ, loving and serving others. Thank God we can turn to Christ as our rock. His example and help will hold us steadfast and guide us through whatever we face.
The Bible is a change document. It teaches us how to embrace change (and sometimes how not to!) with discernment, trust, faith and hope in God, the author of the future. Think of, for example: Abraham and Sarah, Jacob, Moses, Joseph, Ester, Ruth, Peter, Mary, Paul -- and the change they lived through following the Lord. So pick your favorite character this week, study it, and you will find some challenge to grow and change. Name the choices and actions that made a difference. So what is your challenge? How can you change, and help the church to change in a spiritually healthy manner?
Remember Charles Darwin's observation: "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change."
PRAY: "God, show me where I need to change"