People hate change. They fear change, don’t want change, and won’t accept change. Far too often we avoid new ideas because it means that something in our ministries will have to change. Change has become a word more feared and vilified in churches than many curse words. But the message of the gospel is change. The message of Christ crucified is life altering, thought transforming, heart softening, all-encompassing change for the believer. When Peter believed in the gospel everything changed. When Paul believed in the gospel everything changed. When you believed in the gospel everything changed. We must work to teach our kids, students, parents, adults to have a healthy perspective on change, because change is the very thing we work and hope and pray for in our lives.
What makes change more difficult in ministry is that we ourselves struggle with it. But not change in general, as I said, we are praying for change. As church members we struggle to walk through the changes we didn’t expect. We have difficulty making the changes we don’t want to make. We stress over the changes that truly affect the ways we minister. We struggle to accept these changes and focus on God’s plan for the future. The reality is, if we want more people to come to services, more people to hear the gospel, more people to be saved, then we must embrace the fact that change is required.
When Jesus begins to tell his disciples that he will suffer, they respond with doubt, fear, and indignation. The disciples had a plan to follow Jesus, the Christ, into his new kingdom. They would be conquering rulers setting their people free and indulging in the new Jerusalem. But Jesus had to help them change their understanding of the Kingdom of Heaven. Then he changed their vision for how to proclaim that kingdom. With a healthy view of change, Peter went from the disciple who denied even knowing Jesus out of fear to one who was martyred in his name.
As Christians, we must seek out wisdom from God to transform our hearts and minds. We must pray, look to Scripture, collaborate with others, and strive to reach more people with the gospel. How are you serving in the church family? How are you supporting the ministries of Camelback? How are you praying for our church? How are you praying for the lost in our neighborhoods, our city, and our world? How is God calling YOU to change?
Written by AC Caswell - Website
A.C. is a member of that rare breed known as the native Phoenician. He joined the CBC ministry team in 2014 and is the Pastor of Student Ministries and Global Missions. "I especially long for God to use me in the transformational time that teenagers endure. I hope to be a light of wisdom and hope as they traverse the many obstacles in between childhood and adulthood." “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” – I Timothy 4:12