Ch-Ch-Changes

Anyone remember that old David Bowie song? Anyone? He somehow managed to make a catchy chorus by simply repeating consonants. Genius some would say. But with a soaring voice, some acting chops and a penchant for outlandish make-up, ol’ Ziggy saw many phases to his rather prolific career. He may have understood something about change. The truth is, we all have our experience with the new. New locations to live, to jobs to work, new developments in our physique. Yes, not all changes are good ones. But time marches on and as I like to say, “All of life is nothing but transitions.” Every morning marks a new transition: new opportunities, new interactions, new perspectives. As we head into the coming school year, many of us face yet another transition. Our family will have a brand-new middle schooler, a brand-new high schooler and one starting kindergarten. At home, we will be down to one child during the day. In an overarching sense, it’s more of the same…a suburban family gearing up for another school year. But for each of us, these transitions fill us with excitement, nervousness, a little stress, and various other emotions. In the song, Bowie admits, “Time may change me.” It’s an undeniable truth. It applies to everything from the glorious oak tree to the inanimate skyscraper downtown. But as we all fall prey to the ongoing transitions of time, my prayer is that we don’t allow time to be the only thing that changes us. God is at work. He sent his Son into our frame of time. The infinite God took on a finite life and though Jesus experienced changes, he remains changeless. This process of incarnation, death and resurrection was not some interesting cosmic experiment. Through Jesus, the entire universe underwent a big change! Our death could now be changed into eternal life! Moreover, we have been gifted with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit: the infinite God dwelling within us. Again, this is not just a fun way for God to pass the time, but rather the means by which we can be changed. From sinner to saint, from unrighteous to holy, from dead to alive. Don’t let time be the only thing that changes you.

“All of us are looking with unveiled faces at the glory of the Lord as if we were looking in a mirror. We are being transformed into that same image from one degree of glory to the next degree of glory. This comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

2 Corinthians 3:18


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