This was a popular political mantra in 2008, but it can also direct our thoughts to a much higher spiritual principle. Our world constantly changes, and this is no more apparent than in technological changes over the past 50 years. Our grandparents rode in horse-drawn buggies, and our grandchildren will be able to travel into space!
Man is plagued by sin. Isaiah said, “Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment” (Isaiah 1:5-6). We still have the same greed as Lot (Genesis 13:10-11). We still have the same selfish ambition as Diotrephes (3 John 9). We still have the same carnal lusts as David (2 Samuel 11:2-4). However, Christians simply do not belong to this world. Jesus discussed the concept of being in the world without being of the world (John 17:11-16). Being of the world means that you turn away from the sins of this world (Romans 1:29-32; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Timothy 1:9-10).
Thankfully, God does not change (Matthew 24:35; Hebrews 7:22-25; 13:5-6; Revelation 1:8). He also graciously gives us the chance to change, and that change must come from within. Jesus referred to this radical change as being “born again” (John 3:3), while Paul called one a “new man” (Ephesians 4:24) and a “new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:7). If you would like to try some real “change” that can give you real “hope,” please contact us for further study.