It is appropriate that any organisation is always seeking to move forward, looking for new directions, looking for ways to improve what we are doing.
How does this sit with the Biblical idea that God is unchanging?
In Hebrews 13:8 the writer says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”.
If He is unchanging, why are we constantly seeking change? Why don’t we seek the simple life as some Christian communities like the Amish have done? It would be a good way to get some of the stress out of our lives. So why do we constantly want to change?
The Biblical idea that God is unchanging is related to His eternity. Hebrews 1:12b says, “But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” In the context that the universe had a beginning and will have an end, the one constant is God.
The statement that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, is a statement about His eternity.
It encourages us to know that in the midst of an uncertain world, Jesus will remain. His existence, His love, His grace towards us is certain.
Bringing the compassion of Christ, we need to constantly change to meet a community in constant change. What our predecessors did in this city 200 years ago, to bring the gospel to a lost people, would be totally irrelevant today. But we share one thing in common with them. We are encouraged to go forward and to reach people for eternity because we serve the same God they served, who was with them, who is with us, and who, together, we will worship for eternity.
Rev David Pettett
Community Care Assistant Director, Chaplaincy