Scripture: Rev. 14: 1-13
Key verses: (12-13) 12Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus.
13And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them.”
Reflection: We live in a culture that is easy, disposable and fast-paced. Our young people are part of a generation that expect change to come quickly and big change is the best kind. They have always had technology and they see it change things quickly. My children babysit and get paid with Venmo. They can get a something out of the vending machine by waving their phone in front of it (with a certain app) and vacuum the house without doing anything. It is not just the young people. We have been conditioned to look for a new phone every couple of years. We are excited about a microwave that is also a blast chiller. We love that technology pushes us beyond the places we can even imagine. We can roll with that kind of change in our lives but not in the church. In church, go slow.
Our scripture calls us to endurance in the face of anything and everything that would deplete our zeal for the glory of Christ. We need a church and the body of Christ to be steadfast and immovable. That does not mean that we will not change. Perseverance might call for some extreme change in the midst of a changing culture. Patience might be needed for the church as we dream about art in worship or explore new methods of hospitality. We can hold fast to our faith in Jesus and be guided by the saints of the church while at the same time using our imagination to endure as the church today.
Don’t panic. I don’t think we are changing anything today or even tomorrow. I do invite you to dream with me about a church that could change as quickly as the apps on my phone! What exciting things could we do as the Body of Christ? Following Jesus is always an amazing adventure. I am glad we are on this adventure together.
Prayer: Imaginative God of all creation, may we be the church you would have us be. Today, tomorrow and forever. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].