One of my favorite pieces of flair on facebook is a bit profound.
On it there is a man with a cardboard sign that reads: “Keep your coins, I want change.”
The church is changing.
It has been changing, since it’s beginning.
Because it has had to.
Because culture changes.
I often wonder if the transitions between previous generations have been as controversial as the changes now.
Can you imagine the first time someone tried to bring a piano into the church?
Or when Sunday School was a revolutionary new idea?!
This idea struck me as I was reading through Ephesians last week with a friend of mine.
Check this out:
In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles. – Ephesians 3:4,5
Did you catch it?!
There are insights into the mystery of Christ that has not been made known to men in other generations, but are becoming apparent to the apostles of this generation!
What does this mean?
Basically, if we truly believe that the Bible is a living document, then this passage is just as applicable today as the day it was first penned.
It applies to this generation.
Like every generation in the past, I truly believe that we have some fresh insight to who Jesus is.
Something that was missed by the previous generations.
And, as longs as the Bible continues to remain true, the generation following us will also have new insight so long as they continue to seek Him.
But, the downside to this fantastic news is that it scares people.
Especially those who belong to the “other generations,” as Paul calls them.
Because it challenges the value of time-honored traditions.
If we are to continue to follow Jesus as God intended, then there must be a giving up of something that holds us back from that.
And maybe a transition to a totally new thing.
Do away with what Leonard Sweet refers to as the seven last words of the church:
“We’ve. Never. Done. It. That. Way. Before.”
Jesus is bigger than the one I was taught about in Sunday School.
He is more than human divinity that died on a cross to pay for our sins.
He is more than the Way to Heaven.
Yes, Jesus is Lord of ALL TIMES.
Past, Present, Future.
Sometimes I think we put too much energy into learning what Jesus has done, and what Jesus will do to see how incredible the work is that He is doing in the here and now.
Peace and love.