Change can be risky. In the past 12-18 months, churches all across the world have had to deal with a changing ministry landscape, alongside our circumstances changing significantly. I think for some of us, a new year, with potential new changes can seem daunting. For yourself, perhaps there is change coming ahead, either in work, friendships or health. Within these changes, I’m sure there are challenges and stresses within your view.
Within CPC, our Next-Gen ministries are in a season of change, as we will endeavour build a discipleship infrastructure and culture that works to bless the next generation of the Church and build up the leaders and individuals to be powerful voices within society for Christ. To do that will require yet again, more change. There may be challenges and bumps, but our compass is set and we will have to stay the course.
It is perhaps with this big season of change in mind that I often think of a piece of advice given to me by an Elder in my pervious church regarding change. It’s that within the Chinese phrase of ‘risk’ (危機), there is always the word of ‘opportunity’ (機). It’s a little cheesy. But the past year has brought his idea to my mind frequently.
Within Scripture, we find that God works often within moments of great risk. In Genesis, He brings order from great chaos. In Exodus, He creates a holy nation from a risk filled escape from Egypt. In the Book of Nehemiah, Jerusalem is rebuild in a time of great tension. In the New Testament, Salvation is brought forth by Christ’s sacrifice. In the book of Acts, seasons of persecution brought growth and innovation to the early Church. We find that God’s work is often most miraculous, in the circumstances which present more risk than not. In fact those seasons need to be taken advantaged of by those that are faithful to Him.
So if there is any encouragement for you this morning, let me point you to John16:33 where Jesus tells His disciples, ‘In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”. Within every season of change and risk, there is opportunity and growth in God.