During fall and winter the days got shorter and cooler, the nights got longer and colder. Sometimes life is like that, we go through seasons of change, for better or worse. In fact, we can say with confidence that change is a reliable constant.
Two things of which we need to be aware:
God does not change. He is always the same. Even when our prayers seem to go unanswered or we stumble from one disaster to the next – He is the same.
Even when we feel as though we are floating on clouds and it’s spring every day – He is the same. He is still our loving, gracious, wonderful Father. James tells us about the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Secondly, local church is God’s idea. Birthed in the Holy Spirit, grown in adversity and established on the Word, the local church remains His vehicle to reach a dying world.
Christianity is not a solo exercise and He puts us in the community to walk with others into our inheritance. And when the road becomes a little steep and bumpy, we help each other along, shoulder to shoulder.
We read in 1Corinthians 12 that God has put the body together … there should be no division in the body … its parts should have equal concern for each other.
To build this Church, God takes ordinary people like you and me, with different gifts, making their vital contributions, uniting them with a common vision and values to not only bring fullness of life to each, but the gift of Life to the lost.
Brian Dean is pastor with the Lakeview Church in Quesnel.