I saw a bumper sticker a couple days ago and it reminded me that not all change is good.
I’ll keep capitalism, freedom, and my gun
you keep the change.
Facebook recently released a new site layout; 94% of its users said “not good.” Bank of America stock floated around $55 in January of 2007; today it closed at 17.92 not good. Once, when I had a bunch of time on my hands, I used a jigsaw and carved off the counter peninsula in our kitchen; when Bob came home not good. Change can even be bad for your health; studies have shown that significant change in a person’s life is associated with physical illness. I suppose I should stop saying, “change is good.”
Not surprisingly, the Bible has something to say about change that is not good. 2 Timothy 3:1-10 describes numerous changes in the life of men and women, those that turn them away from God; these changes are definitely deemed not good. Probably the most definitive passages illustrating change that is not good though, are those in which Jesus addresses the hypocrites (the Pharisees). Their righteousness, pursued via external actions rather than heart change, literally damned them to Hell. (Matt 23:27-33)
Like I said yesterday, I want to make sure to get this right!
So how does change, real God honoring heart change, happen? I know, I have been asking that for days. Well, here it is…
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Again, not surprisingly, these passages also describe the Biblical process for heart change; “the only one that scripture sets forth.” (Adams)
Train in righteousness
Ahhhh….change I can believe in….