What happens when you hear there are going to be changes? Is it the fear of the unknown or losing control that locks you up or makes you grab for what you hold to so dearly? Daily we deal with change be it an appointment change, a flat tire that rearranges our day, you get sick and nothing can be done, or for a kid when a snow day is announced. One must shift gears and redirect ones actions. As Christians we face these same shifts, but hopefully
because of our faith, we approach change differently. We look at all perspectives and evaluate whether what we want is because it is for the good of the church or because we, as individuals, are personally invested and can’t let that get out of our control. Change can be refreshing and invigorating, it can wake us up from our routine and sometimes shake us up. How do you handle change? There are many scriptures that touch on change, here are a few to reflect on.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
These are just a few verse to think about for change. We are called to be disciples. The good news is that God has a plan for your life to hope, your future, and your prosperity. If we trust in God and allow the change to grow us to become more like Jesus Christ in how we respond and act, then we are promised that all things will work together for good for those who love Him and keep His commandments!
Let’s start by inviting people back to church.