As we study the book of Acts it occurs to me that when the church started everything radically changed for the disciples, as well as for every person who decided to become an active intentional follower of Christ.
The disciples were convinced that they were to become the cabinet members for the new theocracy that Jesus was going to set up on the earth. They were hoping for condos on the Mediterranean and what they got was a call to become the servants of all. Almost all of them would die martyrs deaths.
Here are some quotes on CHANGE. Think about it…
- “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” —Woodrow Wilson,
- “It is not merely that changes in our world demand new responses from us. The very foundations of society have changed.” —Craig Van Gelder
- “A church which pitches its tents without constantly looking out for new horizons, which does not continually strike camp, is being untrue to its calling… (we must) play down our longing for certainty, accept what is risky, and live by improvisation and experiment.” —Hans Kung
- “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” —Alvin Toffler
- “Uncertainty is the only thing to be sure of.”—Anthony Muh
- “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” —General Eric Shinseki
- “If things seem under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” —Mario Andretti
- “It is generally much easier to kill an organization than change it substantially.” —Kevin Kelly
Have said the above there are (at least) three things that will never change:
- God’s love never changes (see Malachi 3:6, Jeremiah 31:3, Psalm 119:159, Romans 8:38)
- God’s Word will never change (see Isaiah 40:8, Psalm 119:152, Matthew 5:24)
- God’s purpose for my life will never change (1 Samuel 15:29, Psalm 33:11, Proverbs 19:21, Romans 8:28, Psalm 56:11, Psalm 46:1-2)