Daniel 2.21 (CEB)
God is the one who changes times and eras, who dethrones one king, only to establish another, who grants wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those with insight.
The turning of the page, the falling of a leaf, the night taking over the day and day taking the night, are all transitions; movement from one state of being to the next. Essentially, this means that change and transition are also around us. Though we might long for stability, what is more apparent, is that in life things fluctuate.
Yet, I wonder, how much change/variation/fluctuation can we tolerate and what determines what we adapt to and what we do not. I mean there is only so much of something that I can take. The same TV show gets boring after a while. The food that I loved as a child, now tastes not so much like food at all (sorry Zingers and Fun Dip).
What doesn’t change is our invitation to be Christ for one another. We are to do things like be generous with our time, act in love towards everyone, and be generous with our resources. And it is these values that don’t trade well in our market driven world. Love and life can either be cheap or it is the most transformative things in our lives.
So Sunday, I think this is where we are being led to consider “Love is Life” as we reflect again on I John. A life, we are reminded, is wrapped up in the love of God expressed in the life of Jesus Christ. And I bet that this life and love will have bearing on our lives individually and our life together.
Grace and peace,
Husband, father, minister, child of God, follower of Jesus Christ writing in the context of La Porte Community Church