Written by Pastor Carlyn Cole
Stepping aside as Associate Pastor at Hope Community Church is an opportunity for me to explore other interests and to determine what God might be wanting me to consider. As with any change, a myriad of emotions might rise to the surface. I was reminded of what our posture toward the future ought to be in my reading through the book of Hebrews.
“For we do not have an enduring city here; instead, we seek the one to come” – Hebrews 13:14
How we feel about change in our lives depends on whether we think that the change is going to be an improvement. If we have come to enjoy the status quo or feel like there really isn’t a need for improvement, we consider change with melancholy or perhaps even anger. If on the other hand we see change as something that will make our life in some way substantially better, we embrace the change with open arms. Now the actual effect of the change is sometimes hard to tell. How many times have we been pained over the thought of an upcoming change only to find out that it wasn’t as bad as we had anticipated, perhaps we have even come to embrace it? Of course, the opposite can also happen.
One thing that the writer of Hebrews brings to our attention is that there is going to be, in fact we must look forward to, change as it relates to our experience in life. What we have now is not something that is ultimately going to endure. There will be change. However, for those of us who are fixing our eyes on Jesus, we can be a people who are looking forward to the change to come. In fact, we are to seek it out, look forward to it, put our efforts into that which is to come more so than anything that we see and experience here and now.
Ok, but what does it mean for us to seek the city which is to come? I am sure that if we put our heads together, we could come up with several ways we might seek the city which is to come, but let me offer three:
No ‘city’, past or present, will ever endure. Only that future city will endure, the one where Christ is King. Let us together seek that city!