II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
By now, you are adjusting to the new year. You have to put 2019 instead of 2018 on your checks. You have set some New Year resolutions, and may have already broken those. But you started with planning for new change. The old is passed away. Shortly, this church will have a new pastor.
The only thing that doesn’t change, is that everything is always changing. That is true with everything but our Lord who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We, by nature, are resistant to change or anything new. But change is inevitable, and most often good for us.
There are constant changes in our society. Most are not good for we are told in the last days perilous times will come. It is for us who live in these times to have a discerning spirit in what to embrace, and what to reject.
Much prayer is going into the selection of a new Pastor and his wife, and family. He is a man of God, sent by God as a gift to you. This change is good. He will bring in new vision, and new gifts. Help them to adjust, for they are servants sent to minister to you. They have left family, and friends to come to you. Their passion now is you, and to see you grow in Christ.
Joanie and I were warmly received by this congregation 17 ½ years ago, and we felt like we belonged and this is where we were supposed to be. Do the same for your new Pastor, and his wife.
Elisha followed Elijah and did twice the miracles of Elijah. We have followed Jesus, and He told us we shall do greater things than He did. Get ready!