Working in a profession where change has become the norm, presents both challenge and opportunity. Like several other
congregations in our city and country, our congregation, has literally been living outside our box since we relinquished our traditional
buildings in the last few years. This situation has been painful, and it has also caused us to think differently about how we exercise our
Change is indeed difficult. There are many responses to it. A positive way to address change is to see it as an opportunity to step back and re-evaluate- to think outside the box. But, what does it mean to think outside the box. The English dictionary defines “thinking
outside the box” as: “to think imaginatively using new ideas instead of traditional or expected ideas.”
Jesus is the example for thinking outside the box. He lives
outside the box. One of the essential things that Jesus did and does is to help us think outside our boxes. He entered our box to help us out!
Jesus seemed to always challenge his disciples to think differently. After a frustrating night of fishing and not catching, the disciples are coming to shore and are encouraged to go back out and throw their nets on the other side. Reluctantly, they go out again and have a huge catch. On anther occasion, Jesus tells his disciples to feed more than 5000 hungry people with limited resources. Jesus blesses the small lunch and everyone is fed. The disciples are grieving that their friend Lazarus has died. Jesus raises him. Jesus urges his disciples to believe that He would die and rise again in three days! He came through.
As the disciples witnessed Jesus coming through every single time, in ways that were previously unimaginable, they grew in their faith. We grow when we move beyond what we have always done or thought. At the same time, we stagnate, when we limit ourselves to what we know and what is safe.
When Jesus entered into our space in human form, he
demonstrated what it meant to live outside the box. He always
challenged their traditional ways but He didn’t abandon them, rather He led them through the events that would change the world. His style and life encouraged them to seek Him more. Do you need to ask Jesus to help you think more creatively? What holds you back in your
thinking about what could be? Perhaps it is time to invite Jesus into your box, so that He can show you the exciting world outside!
Ephesians 3:20, 21 says…
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
In the peace of Christ, Rob+