We control our environment by creating routines and patterns. Consider how you feel when the supermarket changes the placement of products on the shelves. Confusion, irritation, time-wasting retracking steps trying to find that elusive item.
In some ways, habits and routines help us to cope with the huge amount of information in the world around us. They help to limit the number of judgements and decisions needed to make continually – all day, every day.
A lot of what we do is based on the successes of the past, yet throughout the Bible a lot of words are used to encourage us to put the past behind us and walk in the path ahead, make good choices at crossroads, forgive wrongs supposedly “done to us”, “the old had gone, the new has come”, put off the old put on the new.
When Jesus was with Peter, James, and John up a mountain (Matthew 17), he appeared with Moses and Elijah. Dear Peter wanted to build booths or shelters for the prophets. Maybe it was his way of holding on to what he’d seen, to hold on to the glory and blessing of that moment.
I think this is what we’re doing with our Churches. They have become mausoleums to an age long past – 1700 years past. We have built a booth around an idea – but are we gathering or “meeting together” in the way Jesus intended? Are we open to new things? new ways of worship – walking-around-every-day worship? Or are we more interested in propping up and defending the institution instead of truly following Jesus – and walking with others on this journey of life?
Hebrews 10: 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Isaiah 43: 18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.
Are there some booths you need to remove from your life?
What new thing is God wanting to build in your life today?