Then after service, we baptized 3 people in water. Every step of faith that people take is a reason to celebrate. We had a great day.
But this got me to thinking. How much has changed in the church since let's say 1955? Hymnals became projectors, mimeograph bulletins became morning brochures printed in full color. Pews became chairs, and now you have to have a website. I'm not saying that any of these changes were terrible. Their not. Time changes things.
“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8
God tells Abraham to pick up everything you own and move. "Where to God?" asks Abe. God says, "None of your business for right now, just walk in that direction. I'll let you know it when you get there."
I'm sure that there was a lot of praying within the first 100 miles, 200 miles, even 300 miles. Then the praying probably went to Sarah asking, "Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?"
Being part of a church is a lot like traveling. Like Abraham, you're going in the right direction (because you are following God). But farther you go, the more change you will see and experience.
Recently, I drove from Florida to Washington DC. Along the way, I saw some places where I thought, "Hmmm, not so bad." Then there were some other spots in the road where I thought, "You know, I think I'll drive another 20 miles." But I didn't allow one bad spot in the road to ruin the whole trip.
Follow God, He knows where He is leading His church.
Don't focus on the rough spots. They too shall pass.
Change will happen because God will always lead His church where people need Him the most.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to have the faith of Abraham and lead me where You want me to go. AMEN