When Does Change Stop?

Our church will celebrate its 75th anniversary this year (1939-2014). In preparation for the celebration in October, our congregation has spent months cleaning, painting and sprucing up the inside and outside of the building.

When we began the fixing up process, it was easy enough to simply create a list and let people sign up for whatever responsibility they wanted to assume. But as soon as the work began, we realized we had a problem:

When one thing received a makeover, everything else around it looked dingy.

For example, the three heat registers in the foyer have been in need of a fresh coat of paint for years. More than once I thought to myself, “If only those registers could be cleaned up, the rest of the foyer will look great!”  Not true. After the registers received a make-over, the walls screamed, “What about us?” as they flaunted their smudges and fingerprints. Clean the walls and the carpet cops an attitude. Is there any end to it all? We had opened a Pandora’s box of cleaning dilemmas.

When you think about it, it’s quite similar to what God does in our lives. He shows us one thing that needs to be changed and, often after much struggle, we surrender that “one thing” only to discover there’s something else on His to-do list.

Do we ever reach the point when everything on the list is completed and checked off? Apparently not. The Apostle Paul said, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6). Operative words: Until the day of Christ Jesus–the day when He returns for His people.

So, we might as well settle in for a life of continuous change, because once He’s completed a once-over in our lives, He circles back to do a do-over.

Now that I think about it, I don’t want the change to stop. Do you?