“Where can we find an Unchanging Bearing in an Ever Changing World?”
Pastor Barry Klein, Staples Church of Christ
We have often heard adages that go something like “Change is the only thing that doesn’t change” We hardly need to convince anyone that change is coming at a faster speed all the time. We can feel swallowed up by fast change.
Before we go further, let’s be on the same page about an axiom of life: “Some change is good. Some change is harmful.” We literally need to thank God that our bodies go through humanly incomprehensible amounts of change, beginning as a fertilized egg in our mother’s womb. That provides growth. We need to change in growth spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically in a way that matches God’s design for life. (Think of Jesus’ use of an extremely small mustard seed with its mammoth growth. -Matthew 13:31-32 or yeast...)
Change for change’s sake is directionless. Good change always has a larger purpose and direction to it... often outside of ourselves. Remember another old adage: “a person wrapped up in themselves makes for a very small package.”
So, in a tumultuous world of change, where do we find our bearings? A bedrock bearing is Hebrews 13:8 that simply but profoundly exclaims: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” That matches descriptions of Him when He is described as “the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 22:13). Unlike a dangerous hearsay that attempts to dethrone Jesus as the Second Person of the Tri-une God by making platitudes of Him being the first of and in creation (as a created being), Jesus is eternal... with no beginning or end. Even Jesus’ religious enemies caught that Jesus claimed Divinity and therefore they wanted to kill Him for it. (John 8:59).
So, if Jesus is Who He says He is (and He is), that means that “change” in whatever form that takes, needs to be brought before the One “Who does NOT change!” In Who Jesus is with what He speaks (Bible), we need to let Him lead us through change, always hearing from Him what any change really means.