The National Football League was founded in 1920 and has a long history of change and innovation. Although many of those changes have come incrementally or quite slowly, 2014 saw the league making a couple of its more bold and risky moves. This year they changed the format of the Pro Bowl and for the first time ever, scheduled the Super Bowl in an outdoor stadium in a cold weather city. Time will tell if these changes will pay off or not, but you have to give the NFL credit for being willing to shake things up a bit.

In our spiritual lives it can be easy to become comfortable with the familiar, to get into a rut, to run on auto pilot. It’s not that being in a comfort zone is all bad, that being in a rut can’t still take us forward or that auto pilot isn’t a safe way to fly, in fact, the problem may be that all of those things are too safe and keep us from taking risks for Jesus and from experiencing new ways that He wants to work in and through our lives.

If you look up the word new in a concordance and read the verses listed it’s clear that God is into doing new things. He puts a new song in our mouths, He gives us a new heart and a new spirit, He has made a new covenant with us, He makes us a new creation, and ultimately, He will give us a new heaven and a new earth.

God likes to do new things for, in and among His people and as we move through the pastoral transition process, we should be prayerfully looking for, and even expecting, God to do a new thing among us. And as we seek God’s work and will in our individual lives, as well we should not be surprised that God is doing a new thing in us too.

As God works and moves to do new things among us may Psalm 149:1 be true of us, “Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints.”  

                                                                            Trusting as God Leads,

                                                                                                  Mark