How is that for a completely non-provocative and almost banal question, “What does change look like?” But is it really banal in the sense that it is so drearily commonplace that it isn’t worth consideration? I don’t think that is the case. What I do think is that we have heard so much about change: “be the change”; “the new constant is change”; “change is everywhere . . . and accelerating”; “embrace change,” that we just tune out all discussions about change. Don’t tune out mine!
I want us to look carefully at change and in particular, what changes are wrought in us by salvation. So much of the change that is around us is not dramatic, not even noticeable. The example I use in both sermons is the growth that we don’t see in our own children (or any children we see daily) until it is pointed out to us by others. Change, in the form of physical growth, is happening all the time in out children, right under our noses! and we don’t even notice it. Is there perhaps something going on with us? Are we being changed by our relationship with God through Jesus Christ and not aware of that change? I think that is the case.
Knox Presbyterian Does salvation change us? Really?
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Does salvation change us? Really?
I hope one or the other of these sermons gives you something to profitably think about. Let me know, if you are so inclined, what kinds of change slipped by your attention lately.