By Mildred Gerner
An old adage says, “The only person who likes change is a soiled baby.” Too bad a baby can’t speak up to confirm it. Until she screams for relief from a painful butt rash. By that point anyone within earshot realizes change and healing are necessary.
The same is true for grown people, and often we aren’t aware we need changing until something breaks or someone gets hurt. Our sin (and that of others) gets us in hot water. Life crashes down on us and our world gets rippled. We fall asleep to our responsibilities, then comes the ruin. We need healing change and freedom.
Another old adage that’s trustworthy comes from the New Testament: “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32. The word “know” isn’t only intellectual, it’s also experiential. So as we continually engage with Jesus and His Word, our personal experiences and realizations make us more and more free.
What kind of freedom is necessary in this cultural moment? For some, it’s internal freedom. Such as freedom from addiction and guilt, from people-pleasing and patterns of control, from anxiety and depression. Internal freedom enables us to better love our neighbor as ourselves. Another vital freedom is more external. We need to be emancipated from finding our identity in manufactured boxes. Such as political opinions, ethnicity, nationality, and our selective biases about religious practices. These boxes can become little security systems we depend on, but they never guarantee or deliver what they promise to fulfill. While the boxes may help us organize and work together, there’s a much bigger and better “Realm of God” in which to live. In God’s realm, the kingdom of the heavens, we are fellow citizens with all the saints in the household of faith. The little systems within our little boxes operate mostly on manipulation and deception, but God’s kingdom comes through grace and truth, over a lifetime, in every generation. Our lives are transformed from the inside out as God’s kingdom advances in and around us.
Healing and freedom come with changes. Changes come by the Gospel. And the Gospel is for the whole world. Hear what Paul the apostle of Jesus wrote to one of the churches he oversaw: “This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.” Col. 1:6. Would you dare imagine a world of peaceful, flourishing people whose lives were once soiled and barren?
The Core will be presenting Changes That Heal – Churches That Heal this summer. For seven weeks beginning Wednesday July 8 – Aug 19, we’ll explore some teachings of Jesus that will heal and liberate us. We aim to develop four core abilities God hard-wired us to walk-out. 1. Connecting, 2. Setting Boundaries, 3. Processing Pain, 4. Becoming An Adult. We’ll meet at King of Kings, on-site and in- person (with social distancing.). Check-out this link for more information or to register.