In Awe of Constant
We have a saying in our church that is more than a saying; it’s one of our Core Convictions. We believe Growing People Change.
As a follower of Jesus, I should be in a constant and consistent pursuit of growth! That means I should be changing. You, as a professing follower of Jesus, should be changing. Growing and changing more and more into the likeness of Jesus.
Paul gives us this very instruction in his letter to the church in Rome.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.Romans 12:2
Paul understood the pull of conformity to the toxic culture. He knew the evil. He walked it before his encounter with Jesus, which brought radical transformation to his life. Paul understood not only the struggle, but also the freedom that comes through transformation in Christ!
The problem is, we often live as if the constant change and growth we are called to is true of God’s character and attributes. If we can change, God must also. We live and think as if He is lacking in areas just like us. You might step back like me and go, that’s not what I believe.
But what do my actions say? What do my interactions with others say? What does my life say?
Does my life show I’m living in awe of a God who is constant in character and attribute?
Does my life reflect my knowledge that He is the Alpha and Omega, beginning and end? That He is totally sovereign, all knowing, all powerful, perfectly just, and eternally gracious. God never changes, He even declares it Himself!
“For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.Malachi 3:6
Even though His people continually turned their backs on Him, God continued to remain constant in who He is. He continued to love, discipline, and call them back to Himself.
Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!Psalm 33:8
The Psalmist knew who God is. And because of this convicting knowledge he lived in awe of Him. But he also understood this expectation wasn’t meant for him alone, it was meant for the entire world. From the animals to the stars; you, me, and everything created is called to live in awe of the constant glory and holiness of God.
The question we each have to answer is whether our life lives up to that call.
Do I live in awe of a constant, never changing God?