Healthy Attitudes: Change
Text: Acts 19:21-41
Date: Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012
If anyone understands changes, it is parents. A person’s life changes drastically once they become responsible for another life. Furthermore, mothers witness the constant change that comes from a child growing in their homes. Some people enjoy seeing changes in their lives; while others mourn over changes.
In Acts 19, we see as story of a man named Demetrius, who is unhappy with the changes that occur in his life when the name of Christ becomes known in his city. He makes an effort to start a riot in order to hold on to his comfortable way of life.
Demetrius understood that the Lordship of Christ would change his life.
It is natural to long for stability in our lives, but if we find that stability in anything outside of God, we are basing our hope on something that is temporary. When we face times of significant change, it is helpful to remember that God is the only source of stability that offers lasting reassurance.
What is your only comfort in life and in death?
That I am not my own, but belong – body and soul, in life and in death – to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from teh tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven: in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.
Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes may wholeheardedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.
(Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1)