But I’ve found that growing stubborn and refusing to change is as likely to lead to bad theology as changing the things that need to be changed.
Jesus never changes. Even if we change our theology about him, it never changes him.
But if I’m going to become more like him, I have to change.
7. If I’m Asking Others to Change, I Need to Model It
On Sundays, we preach about how people’s lives need to change to become more like Jesus. But the preaching will ring hollow if my life doesn’t match my words.
People need to see a regular example of renewal and transformation in my life and the life of the church I’m pastoring.
We may have a testimony about how Jesus changed our lives at salvation, but the longer we live and the further that recedes into our past, the less it means to those who are needing Jesus’ help today.
Jesus doesn’t just change us at salvation. We’re supposed to be constantly transformed by the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:2). If the only time Jesus changed me was many years ago at salvation, it will seem less like biblical transformation and renewal, and more like trading one set of static ideas for a different set of static ideas.
Yes, we should lock in on truth when we find it. But that truth is found in Jesus, not the pastor’s stubbornness about extra-biblical mannerisms and methods.
People need to see that I’m as willing to be changed, renewed and transformed by Jesus today as I was at the moment of my salvation. Until we get to heaven, change, growth and renewal must always be a central part of our lives as Christians and church leaders.
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