I recently read that churches and Christians are often like lobsters. In order to grow, lobsters have to get rid of their old, hard, protective shell and grow a new one. The process is called molting. Lobsters do this about 25 times in the first 5 years of life and then once a year after they’re adults. It’s an ugly and messy process where the old shell cracks under the pressure. For a while the lobster is lying on its side flexing its muscles as it pulls away from the old shell. There is a brief time in this process where the lobster is naked and pretty vulnerable to the elements.
Our growth in our relationship with Christ individually and as a church family requires this willingness on our part. We have to be willing to let go of our old, hard, protective shells so that God can take us to new places of growth and deepen us in our walk with Him. It can be painful. But it is for the good.
It is easy and tempting to stay in the old shells. We are accustomed to them and comfortable. But the Christian life, if it is anything, is that of being a pilgrim. In Christ, there is a constant adventure of moving forward, deepening our faith and our understanding of His word and His kingdom and what that means. In order to reach a changing culture we have to be willing to change the things that can change (methods) and hold on firmly to the things that cannot change (doctrinal truths of Scripture and the authority of God’s word).
Let’s be like the Apostle Paul who said in 1 Cor. 9:22 “…I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” Pray for us to be willing to follow God’s leading that we can experience the joy (even amid the difficulties change brings) of growing closer to Him and expanding His kingdom to others.