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Change

Change… 
 
That is not a word that most of us like. In fact studies have shown that almost 90 percent of humanity does not like change! However the ironic, sad, scary, frustrating (whatever you want to label it) reality is…  life is constantly changing. We can’t escape change and if we try to we either end up frustrated, discouraged or completely isolated from reality. 
 
The simple solution is of course embrace change! Unfortunately like most challenges in life that is not something we can do with mere will power alone. We need something outside of or greater than us and our ever changing world to hold on to. We need an anchor or for you Lost fans we need a “constant”. 
 
Of course modern pyscology and our self-help culture tells us that we are responsible to create those anchors. The idea is that we can sow into and focus on something until we create something that can stand untouched by the forces of change. Career, finances, religion and family are all reputable and encouraged anchors to hold onto. There is just one problem in that… not one of those things has ever been able to starve off change!
 
Careers suddenly end, finances can disappear like water down a drain, religion is ever morphing with each new culture and its fads and families, well they are all about change. Babies change into toddlers, toddlers change into children, children into teenagers and you catch my drift. Its seems that nothing is outside of changing so how can we have a reliable anchor? 
 
I believe that there is only one answer, one anchor, one constant that won’t fail us, that truly will not change… JESUS. 
 
Isaiah 51:6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.
 
Hebrews 1:10 “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

11 They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe, like a garment they will be changed.  But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”

 
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

 
God does not change! He is the same from beginning to end.  As the writer of Hebrews says from yesterday, today and forever. We are being reminded of that truth as we look at the book of Judges. God has not changed, He has always been sovereign, always been loving, always operated with grace! What a securing thought in our ever changing world! There is an anchor that will not fail, there is a constant that will not change and we know him! Beyond that He knows and loves us!
 
So why change? Why do we live in a world were everything is always in flux? If God never changes why is so much of His creation subject to change? 
 
Let me take a crack at those questions… We live in a world full of change so that we can learn to better know, trust and focus on our anchor! Our lives will always be encompassed in change so that we stay in trusting relationship with our constant…  with Jesus. Change is actually an agent of grace to keep us aware of our need for Jesus!
 
If that is true then do we maybe need to think about and relate to change differently? Instead of something to avoid, fear, worry about, fight against or complain about what if change was  something we embraced knowing its designed to bring us into deeper relationship with our anchor, with Jesus? What if we saw change as an agent of grace to bring us into deeper and closer relationship with Jesus?
 
Last week we talked about some of the changes we going through as a church community. The way we meet, the people we meet with and the things God has called us to engage with are all changing… I had to laugh last week when I walked into the church and saw even the physical look of the building was changing again!! Yes change is happening all around us… my encouragement to us is lets change the way we engage change! 
 
I propose we let all this change empower us to fold into our anchor in a greater way than ever! Let’s be a people who encourage one another to trust Jesus and his grace more than ever before. Let’s start to see change as a opportunity to walk closer to Jesus, experience more of His freedom and come alive to His will in our life. When we start to feel the fear that often comes with change and new season creep in lets engage with our constant, Jesus the one who never changes and never lets us down and watch how He will empower us to engage change!