Phil Smith encourages us to focus on the one who never changes
I have been thinking a lot about change recently. Change is inevitable, sometimes necessary, in many cases unwanted. The past six months have seen change within the world such that we never expected – change so drastic that it seems unlikely that what we knew to be normal will ever be so again. In turn, we as people have changed – through experience, loss, confinement, or shift in routine and priorities – the latter as Andy shared was true of him this past Sunday.
But, through all of this, there remains One Constant that never changes – our great God – I AM. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). As the song says, He is: ‘Higher than the mountains that I face, stronger than the power of the grave, constant in the trial and the change – One thing remains … Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me.’
As Max Lucado has said, ‘God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus.’ God wants you to change, to be more like Him. What better way to do this than by spending time in His presence, meditating on His Word, sharing your thoughts and feelings with Him, and learning to listen to His voice and being obedient to what He has to say. There is a great opportunity to practise this in the coming weeks by getting involved in Thy Kingdom Come between 21-31 May, and there are some great ideas and resources available on the website.
It is hoped that partakers in Thy Kingdom Come will:
- Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ
- Pray for five friends or family to come to faith in Jesus
- And pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness
‘And we all, who with unveiled faces reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.’ 2 Corinthians 3:18
Moses’ face had to be covered in a veil as it was so radiant following the time spent one-to-one with God. How wonderful it would be if, when we do get back together again, we have to wear face coverings – not for protection from the coronavirus, but because our faces radiate with God’s glory.
Phil Smith, Worship leader