“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
As I listen to certain preaching on the radio or television, and as I behold the conversation of the Body of Christ today; I realize that, as elementary as it might sound, a lot has changed. So much so, that we have adopted a “change with the times” type of attitude Biblically. The Scripture above tells us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And we know Jesus to be the Word according to John 1:1.
What am I saying? Since Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever; and since He is the Word – nothing changes!
I was born in ’85; I am 28 years old; and I realized God’s call on my life to preach and pastor in 2006. If the Lord wills, I’ll be pastoring my home church when I get home.
The reason I gave you my age is that, because of my age, people I know and love are expecting me to bring something different to preaching and pastoring. My generation looks on the ways of believers and the running of the church 20, 30, 40 years ago to be old fashioned; and we feel we have to modernize everything.
But the same Word they went by 40 years ago, is the same Word we go by today. And God’s Word is timeless. What I mean by “timeless” is that God’s Word doesn’t change just because the times do.
You know, I had a disturbing, yet encouraging thought some days ago. When I become an elder age-wise, the elders of today and the things of their day won’t exist: Those men of God who helped build communities spiritually and physically; respected women and gave advice to the little kids; and always dressed in slacks and ties. Those women of God who carried their children and grand-children to church; wore dresses and nice hats; and always had an old hymn of praise to sing, because of all that God had brought them through.
The church won’t be shaking because of long drawn-out hymns of praise sung by a church full of resilient elderly men and women; who struggled all their lives, but always prayed, and witnessed God come through for them. The church will be shaking now because of up-tempo gospel music and a choir full of dancers.
My wife called me old-fashioned a few weeks ago, and I rejoiced – because I want to follow in the footsteps of those before me; to follow those who applied Biblical truths to their lives, and didn’t worry about changing because the times did.
The reason my thought was discouraging was because when I get older, the things of my youth and today won’t exist. The reason my thought was encouraging, was because it’s more motivation to make sure my family and my church are Biblically sound.
Let’s follow the Bible and not the times. Amen!