“The great Christian revolutions came not by the discovery of something that was not known before. They happen when someone takes radically something that was always there.” H. Richard Niebuhr
Revolution. The thesaurus says it is dramatic change, radical alteration, sea change, metamorphosis, transformation, innovation, reorganization, restructuring.
I like the words reformation, renovation, and renewal, but, like alteration (see above), they should probably have the word radical before them. Radical reformation. Radical renovation. Radical renewal.
This is what Jesus means when he says, “I am making everything new” (Revelation 21:5).
This is what Paul means when he describes the Christian life with these words: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
One of my callings (and challenges) is to help the people of Jesus at Living Word take with utmost seriousness the things we already know to be true.
Like loving God with all our hearts.
Like forgiving our enemies.
Like taking up a cross and following Jesus.
Like rejoicing in all things.
Like going and making disciples of all nations.
Like generosity … and service … and the Lordship of Jesus … and living by faith … and, and, and…
Why aren’t you taking them very seriously?
And, as Oswald Chambers asked in his great devotional, what will keep you from doing “your utmost obedience for his highest glory?”
Maybe a major area of growth for us is to start taking with great seriousness the beautiful things of God.