“Be the Change you wish to see.”
Gandhi, was highly influence by Christ, Christian writers, especially the Gospels and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon on the Mount is Christ’s explanation and application of “The Ten Commandments.” Gandhi’s deduction from Christ’s Word is captured by a phrase, “Be the change you wish to see.” ‘The Sermon on Mount’ enables believers, individual Christians, you and I to be the salt and the light of the world. We are the ones who God works through. Jesus speaks this Sermon to each individual Christian to walk the walk of faith. Notice this is very different from the two directives that our sinful world and sinful nature speak to us; 1) We are consumers as others are here to do things for us. 2) We are here to give advice for what others are to be doing.
So “Be the Change you want to see.” If you are a person that believes that the church and others are to be more generous, than be more generous yourself. If you a person who believes that the church needs to communicate more thoroughly, than communicate more thoroughly yourself. If you a person that feels strongly that our church needs to reach out more to the community, than reach out to the community yourself. If you are a person who believes in Christian education for children and youth, be involved in Christian Education and supportive of Christian education yourself. If you believe that the church needs to be warmer to visitors and guests, than be warmer to visitors and guests. “Be the Change you want to see!” Nowhere in the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ did Jesus ever tell us to concern ourselves with what others are doing or aren’t doing. In the Bible the group that always concerned themselves with what others were doing was The Pharisees and the self- righteous Teachers of the Law. We know how they always clashed with Jesus, we know the major reason now, The Pharisees were advisers and critics and Jesus was a doer and a Savior. Jesus speaks to each one of us individually. As We hear, “Be the change you wish to see,” many times were are convicted of our sins and failures and yes even our hypocrisy. Do we have double standards, one standard for ourselves and another standard for others? If the church would all follow our actions, what would the church be like?
In faith and even in fervent hope, I wonder how God would work through you and me, if we would pray and ask God to allow us to “Be the change we wish to see.” Jesus was the change, He kept all Ten Commandments, He was salt and light, his heart was pure, He always sought peace, Christ’s yes was yes and His no was no. Christ didn’t serve both God and mammon, He did His Father’s will. Christ was persecuted for the faith and He always went the extra mile, and He turned His cheek to the point of dying for our sins. He was the perfect Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world, your sin, my sin, our sins of just giving advice and needing to be served. “Repent and be forgiven!”
That leads us to Easter, Christ was the change, He died and He rose, He is the firstborn from the dead, the ‘prototype of The Resurrection!’ He promises us forgiveness of sins and when He returns that we believers will have a new glorious body like His. He gives a new life, not the old life that seeks to be served and give advice to others, but a new life, molded in His likeness that is meek and humble and kind. He empowers us to go and do likewise. As we grow in the faith, as the Holy Spirit builds our faith, let us also, “Be the change we wish to see. “ And All God’s people say, Amen!” Pastor Mews.