Change can be hard. Sometimes we are forced to make a change due to circumstances and often those circumstances are beyond our control. Usually, though, change must be made in order to continue on. And almost always, change is for the better, even when it is hard to go through or when it is painful. Once in a while we don’t see the change is good until some time has passed.
As we sense change is needed a common reaction is to long for the ‘good old days.’ We pine for a time when all was well in our institution or relationship. But that time has passed. Yet some may still staunchly want to hold onto something that once was but is no longer. In these cases, the dying process that has begun simply continues along.
In many churches we find ourselves here. The place isn’t quite what it used to be. There is much great ministry that still goes on, but it is not quite what it once was. People remember when things seemed much ‘better’ but are resistant to seeking God’s new direction and guidance. It is Biblically clear that God directs us to share the good news and to help people grow in their faith. These things occur in and through the church. Our churches need to be alive and energetic places of welcome and love. Yes, they may look different than they did yesterday, but as long as Christ is the center, the unquestioned reason for a church’s existence, then all will be well if we trust God and His leading. Change is scary. Change is hard. But sometimes it is also necessary.
Scripture reference: Numbers 21: 4-9