The Gospel of Change

The word "gospel" means "good news." And what is the good news that the gospels proclaim? In a word: change.

As a faith-filled Org Change Guy, I have long been attuned to the messages about change that thread through the four Gospels. For example:

- "Repent for the kingdom is near" - Repent (from the Greek metanoia) means to turn one's self around, to change one's mind

- "He said to him, 'Follow me.'" - Conversion, from fisherman or tax collector, into apostle, can be quite dramatic, even astonishing to onlookers who can't quite figure out what has happened

- "Go and sin no more" - Forgiveness is perhaps one of the most poignant forms of change in that, when we forgive, we are choosing to let go of some past pain that we have been dragging around with us

- "With that their eyes were opened" - Whether one of His miraculous sight-giving cures, or in this case, the "aha moment" of the disciples walking the road to Emmaus, the Gospels contain moments of blazing awareness that signal decisive inner changes

Indeed, the great feast of Christmas, that we are about to celebrate in just a few days, celebrates one of the most fantastic transformations ever imagined: the incarnation whereby the Creator of the Universe took the form of a creature, a baby born in a manger, in the hope of changing the world.

So one can say, without much exaggeration, that the Gospels are about change.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Dec 18. 2009


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