Ch-ch-changes? Still?

In Sunday Worship during the months of July and August at Faith UMC we have focused on the spiritual journey which is a life following Jesus Christ. We’ve discussed God’s presence with us as we journey through the wilderness of life. We have addressed relying on God’s grace as we work to overcome our worldly nature, and trying to live into the Kingdom of Heaven proclaimed by Jesus. We have talked about the difficulty of living “in the world” but not being “of the world” as we try to persevere in our faith. We have asked what it means to call ourselves Christ’s people, and how we can work to become united in Christ. In the last three weeks of “The Journey” series we look at Reconciliation, Transformation, and Living Resurrection Lives. These are challenging concepts that require hard spiritual work. They call for more change, change in our attitudes, change in our treatment of others, and change in how we see and perceive the world. As challenging as life is for all of us, and as difficult as we find it to be to undergo change, we are being changed by the world around us. The question is not whether we are being changed or not, we are. The question is will we choose to allow the Spirit of God to work change in us, and through us in the world around us? Or, will we let the world the change us to conform to the world? Which change will we choose?