Change – Part One

Change is vogue. No generation has seen more change faster than ours. It is said human knowledge doubles every 17 days. In such an environment don’t plan on maintaining the status quo. Especially when the status is nothing to “quo” about.

One of the most dramatic examples of change occurred in 1991. Soviet cosmonaut Surge Korkof was launched into space in April. His was to be a four month orbit. When he left the Soviet Union it was a super power. He was given the dramatic salary of 500 rubles a month. President Gorbachev seemed entrenched for life.

Soon after he went into orbit the Soviet Union came apart. Gorbachof was overthrown, the union was dissolved, and those in command of his mission put in an uncertain position. As a result, the four month mission became a ten month mission. Finally somebody with enough authority brought him down to earth. His 500 ruble salary was devalued by inflation to the point it was virtual starvation wages. His nation no longer existed. While he was away the world changed.

Surge is a portrait of all of us. Your world is changing at a dizzying pace. 

If you are married to today’s technology you will be divorced from tomorrow’s reality.

Change makes us look for something stable and secure to help us deal with the insecurity caused by change. Stress, anxiety, and fear consequent from so much change.

Some things will change. Certain things need to change. This creates within us a desire for a constant that doesn’t change and give us stability. That constant is: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace….” (Hebrews 13: 8, 9)

He and the established truths He taught are ageless. Many basic laws of science never change. Their application does, but their consistency creates confidence in those using them. 

Moral issues change with every generation, but the solution to them as taught by Jesus remains the same.

The Greek word homo/stasis consists in the merging of two word meanings: “home” means the same and “stasis” means to stand, or “the same.” Put together they mean to stand in the same place. That place is the person Jesus and the principles are those taught by Him.

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” (I Corinthians 16:13)

Face this and every day with a calm confidence in Jesus and His word.