Recently at one of my business meetings, we reviewed a video from Havard Business School’s John Kotter. He’s an expert of chnage management. One of the things he spoke about was the accelerated speed of change that we are now experiencing, and for the most part will continue to experience in our lifetimes. He compared the speed of change 100 years ago to driving down a country lane and through the last century the speed of change increased to driving on a Nascar speedway.
The thing that I have been thinking about is how this impacts the lives of those who follow Christ. I think it has major impacts on they way the church thinks and operates and how Christians need to work. I just have not completely figured out what this impact is. Look for more thoughts on this in 2010. (thats the second teaser in the last week).
The one thing I am sure it means however, is that followers of Christ must mobilize and leave the comfort of the padded pew. Yesterday I mentioned not staying in Bethlehem, and using the celebration of His birth as a springboard for service, and today that thought it still on my mind. Things are changing. Followers of the Christ must change their behaviors as well. Well, thats a funny statement actually, as I think at the root of it all, followers of Christ just need to do what they were ask to do by the Christ all along.
18-20Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, The Message)