April 19th, 2017
There's a difference between faith and nostalgia.
But lots of people can't see it. They long for the old days, forgetting that the Spirit of God is a leader, not the host of a museum tour. When my wife and I were in France a few years ago, we visited lots of museums. Stationed throughout every one were uniformed guards whose job is to preserve what was. That's fine for the Louvre. It's not okay for the church of the living God.
Jesus said, "No one pours new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out, and the wineskins will be ruined. New wine must be poured into new wineskins." (Lk 5:37-38) In other words, God is always seeking to lead you forward, not backwards. As we grow older, we tend to mistake form for function. We start to think that the old ways of doing things are better than the new ways, simply because they are more familiar. But a mature believer is the most flexible soul on the planet, able to bend and stoop to accommodate younger believers and willing to do whatever it takes to build bridges to those who haven't yet believed the gospel. The Apostle Paul said, "I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some." (1 Cor 9:22) It was precisely because he was so anchored in eternal truth that he was so willing to adapt. The gospel doesn't change, my friend, but the way we share it does. It always has. Maybe you've been growing hard and brittle, numb to the passion of the living Lord who left His glory to seek and save lost people. If so, let me invite you to remember that He will never stop stretching you - not until you are conformed to the image of His missionary Son. The Spirit says, "See, I am doing a new thing!" (Isa 43:19) And He never stops. I'll see you on Sunday. Be true!
Greg Daulton, Lead Pastor
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