Preservation and Change

This week at Four Rivers, Brad commented on how the coming new year will bring us opportunities for both preservation and change. The trick will be in knowing what should be preserved and what should be changed.

For me, those things that should be preserved are the things representing God’s unchanging nature — the part of him that is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It’s his love, compassion, wisdom, understanding, and forgiveness. It’s what makes God, God. We would do well to preserve God’s character wherever we find it.

By the same token, the things we should always be ready to change are the things we use to make a constant God relatable to a shifting world. These are the tools that allow us to make God real to those who need him. Whether it’s music, buildings, organization models, technology, or church hierarchy, they are all subject to whatever change needs to occur to reach the present world we find ourselves in. Paul even said as much in I Corithians 9, when he spoke of becoming all things to all men in order to save some.

What about you? What do you believe should be preserved or subject to change?

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