The change is going to happen.
Change is inevitable and comes in a variety of ways. That’s why it’s good to be clear on what kind of change you look for and then see if it’s worth persisting in hope and patience for that change to take place.
The follower of Jesus Christ has a particular view on the type of change she is looking for. It’s the change that has the blind person able to see again. It’s good news for the poor because the system that has made them poor is now replaced with the rule of the King who reaches out to the poor, disenfranchised and alienated to welcome them back to the family of God. It’s realising how long you’ve been stumbling around in the darkness and now you’ve been brought into marvellous light.
This is the change they look for, it’s the change they have experienced, it’s the change they believe in. It’s the change that requires strength to persist with.
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! (1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV)
The key to the strength to persist is the ongoing seeking of God. He is the one who made the change. He is the one who made the difference. He is the one who not only save but sustains. Seeking Him constantly is the way in which people can find the way to persist.
There are fads and trends that like shooting stars briefly sparkle and shine catching the interest of lookers before fading into nothingness leaving only a pleasant but distant memory. The change the church stands for is not a fad or a trend. It is not fleeting in nature. It is the expression of the reality now reflecting eternal reality to come.
This is why the hallmark of those professing the change they see is the capacity to persevere.
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. (Hebrews 10:36)
The need highlighted in this letter is still very apparent now as it was then. The world in need of the change is just as much in need of a witness to that change that will endure, that will persevere that will last the test of time.
Father we see the need to endure. We look to you to give us the strength to proclaim the change and present the change in line with the good news you’ve given us.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden