It may be one of the most popular clips from the Brady Bunch; Peter’s voice begins to change. It couldn’t have come and a worse time, just as they were about to record their single, When’s It’s Time to Change.
But don’t fret, because in Brady tradition, everything works out and the song is recorded and now, there is a mantra for the pre-pubescent males around the world. “When it’s time to change, then it’s time to change.”
What do you think about change? Do you like it? Do you look forward to it? Or do you flee from it. Despise it. Fear it. Do everything you can to avoid it?
Have you ever hear heard the saying, “The only constant is change.” In other words, the only thing that stays the same is there will always be CHANGE. It’s a statement that becomes true because change is something built into life itself. Change surrounds us.
Seasons change. The weather conditions change. We change.
Change is part of life. We all experience change, whether we want to or not. Just like Peter Brady, we will go through times of change. From the change that happens in our bodies, to changes in life.
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about change. I mean, the last year has been a series of changes for the Higham’s. We’ve seen a change in jobs. A change in calling. A change in location. A change of schools, neighbors, classmates, friends, sports…the list goes on and on. And I have to say, for the most part these changes have been good, some of them be really good and some of them being really scary and good.
But even with all the change in our life right now, can I tell you, these aren’t the thoughts front and center on my mind. The change I’ve been thinking about is us. Are we changing? You and me, are we changing?
Or better, are we being changed?
You know the guys who study the Bible, the really really smart ones, the one who write books to help the rest of us understand the Bible, they say that becoming a follower of Jesus is a process. They say that we are in process.
You see, God’s plan for us is that we become like his son. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “We all, with unveiled faces, are reflecting the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the spirit.”
In other words, God’s desire for us is that we become like his son, reflecting his glory. We are in the process of change, becoming more and more like Jesus.
But are we?
You see, the process is this. First, we hear the gospel message. After hearing it, we say yes. So we believe that Jesus is Jesus, and surrender to the idea of salvation. But then You become a disciple.After become a disciple, you become like Jesus.
I think steps one and two are easy. We can get that far. But it’s step 3 where I think most of us get hung up. You see, step 3 is the step that actually requires us to do something, something hard. Oh we can hear it. And we can believe it. But can we live it?
Because the biggest change that we will ever make in our lives is the change that takes place when we become a disciple of Jesus Christ. What does that mean? What does that look like? That is what we will talk about all week.
Please join us tomorrow as we continue our discussion.
* The Change, is an excerpt from the current teaching series by Jay Higham, at Harvest Church. This week Jay will be post the written version of our weekend message here on the blog. And please check out the Harvest Church website at www.HarvestChurchToday.org.