Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
– Hebrews 13:7-8
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
– Romans 12:1-2 (New Living Translation, NLT)
“In a world kept chaotic by change, you will eventually discover, as I have, that this is one of the most precious qualities of the God we are looking for: He doesn’t change.”
– Bill Hybels
“The secret of contentment in the midst of change is found in having roots in the changeless Christ – the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
– Ed Young
“We are either the masters or the victims of our attitudes. It is a matter of personal choice. Who we are today is the result of choices we made yesterday. Tomorrow, we will become what we choose today. To change means to choose to change.”
– John Maxwell
“Mere change is not growth. Growth is the synthesis of change and continuity, and where there is no continuity there is no growth.
– C. S. Lewis
The Scripture from Hebrews 13 talks of Jesus being the same always as does the quote from Ed Young. Bill Hybels provides a quote that is similar.
But, there is something that must change. That is us. As John Maxwell states, we must choose to change. We are sinful people who must be transformed into the likeness of Jesus. As the NLT version of Romans 12:2 states it, we must change our way of thinking. That’s what Paul meant by transforming of our minds by the power of the Holy Spirit.
If you are like me, you do not like change. Yet, in my retired years, I welcome this change. I have wasted too much time. It is time to become more like Jesus.
I included the C. S. Lewis quote to tie everything together. To become more like the unchangeable God, we must have both a change in our lives but also continuity. Think of a lack of having continuity as trying to climb a steep sand dune in the Sahara, or other such desert. You climb up, making progress, but then the loose sand slips beneath your feet and you slide down. Sometimes, you even slide back to where you had started that attempt on the summit. Other times, you make some progress, but it is slow and plodding. Yet, if you slowed down and studied the terrain, you might make a slow and steady progress to the summit without stepping into the loose sand and sliding back. That would be continuity. The climbing is the change. Growth is reaching the summit.
God expects us to grow. God wants us to become more like Jesus. The Holy Spirit guides us in that quest. That guidance is more effective when we read Scripture on a regular basis.
What prompted this short post was that it simply struck me as odd when I pondered that God never changes, but we must.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.