A Quick Change

Read: Luke 19:1-10

When I hear the term Quick-Change I think of the man and women who often perform at half time of many basketball games. They change outfits in such a quick way that it almost seems impossible to the human eye. If you want to see them in action you can click on this link.


In the past year we have heard a lot of talk about change. Especially within this last week after tragedies unfolded in Oregon and Connecticut. We have fiscal cliff challenges, economic challenges, and even challenges in our own personal lives.

One thing that life can bless us with is the opportunity to change, if we choose to do that. We are granted the ability to learn from past mistakes and make the future better. Unfortunately that talk of change often goes away too soon after things begin to return to normal.

Zacchaeus is a great example of someone who made a quick change for the better. He knew Jesus was coming his way and he did whatever it took (climbing up in a sycamore tree) to see Jesus and meet him. When Jesus came to his house his whole family was changed for the better.

In all of these situations, whether in our country or in our personal lives we have the opportunity to learn from the past and do better in the days ahead. Just like Zacchaeus realized, Jesus can play a huge part in that. In fact Jesus is the author of change and transformation in our lives.

This past May when our tour bus rolled through the streets of Jericho we went past a large Sycamore tree. I took a picture (attached) of that tree and had to think about the desire that Zacchaeus showed in bringing about change in his life.

My prayer is that the same can happen in our lives, in our country, and in our world that is constantly changing right before our eyes. May we change for the better and allow God to make us better!

I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. May his birth give us reason to celebrate the change he has already brought to our lives. Merry Christmas!

Make it personal: A New Year is almost upon us. That is always a great time to think about change. This year make a resolution to change something that will bring you closer to God and closer to his will and desire for your life.

Have a Merry Christmas,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church