“I’m all for change as long as it doesn’t affect me.” I can’t remember who said that, but it is one of my favorite quotes. It accurately describes our aversion to changes that come in life. We live in a time of perpetual change that affects every area of our lives. This is true even when it comes to the church, but it’s nothing new. The church has a history of adapting.
The first church in Jerusalem was faced with change from its earliest days. In Acts 6, we read where the church had grown so rapidly that needs were not being met. Specifically, some of the widows were being overlooked when food was being distributed. This was a critical moment in the church. What did the church do? They changed to meet the need. They understood that what brought them to this point would not take them further if they wanted to accomplish the mission of Jesus. So, the leadership made a momentous decision to select some men to take care of the food distribution so that no one was neglected. It was a turning point in the church. I like the way it is described in Acts 6:7 – “So the Word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.”
Did you get that? Because the church was willing to change to meet needs, the Word of God spread and the church grew. Even Jewish priests gave their lives to the Lord. Amazing! I don’t think the Jerusalem church could have experienced those results without being willing to change. When the church does God’s work, He blesses it and people take notice.
LCC has seen a lot change in recent months. We continue to make changes—not for the sake of change—but for the purpose of meeting needs. Seen in this way, LCC has much in common with the Jerusalem church. We want to meet needs; we want to see the Word of God spread; we want to see the number of disciples increase here. We want these things not for our glory, but for God’s glory. Change is not always easy for the church, but it is often necessary. As the first church in Jerusalem adapted to carry out the mission of Christ, let us do likewise together today and in the days ahead. Our willingness to do so can lead people to Christ!
In Him, Mike