All of us have probably gone through or are going through a change. Some we hate, some we enjoy, some we fear, others we don’t know what to feel or think about. It is in these times of change that we see who we are and not just who we say we are. We have a chance to ask some critical questions in the midst of change. Who are you during these times? What is your attitude? What are your values? What is your faith?
The UMC is going through changes.
Has been for a couple of decades. But that is to be expected. As new generations come through our doors, they bring their own influences and sensibilities. A grandmother listens to the preacher, assuming he’s telling the truth to the best of his knowledge. Her grandson is checking out what the pastor is saying on his tablet or cellphone, making sure of the minister’s accuracy through online resources. He also maybe looking up opposing arguments.
What is the change we want to see in our denomination? What does God want to change about us? What is God already changing in UM churches all over the world?
Jesus knew exactly who he was and went about being the change he wanted to see, the Kingdom of God here among his people. Mark 1:15
He wasn’t like Grumpy Cat in this picture. “There’s only 2 things I don’t like. Change and the way things are.” says Grumpy. Jesus was the change He wanted done on earth as it is in heaven.
Dear God, Show us how to change into what we are to be next. Help us recognize and live faithfully as nothing stays the same. Change is inevitable but need not be unenviable. Turn our hearts toward you and your ministry here on earth. Amen.