At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:26-29 NIV)
A time of change is often a season when things are shaken. This is not necessarily bad for us as it sorts out the wheat from the chaff, the God-made from the man-made, relationship from religion and the eternal from the temporary.
John the Baptist describes Jesus as coming to gather the wheat into the barn and to burn the resultant chaff (Matthew 3:12). This is a separation of what is holy, real and genuine from what is pretence or false. It is the challenge of religion and the emergence of a family. John’s coming (and therefore that of Jesus) needs to be set in the context of Malachi 4 and Joel 2 which is the revelation of sons and daughters. It is the replacement of religion with relationship and the revelation of God’s eternal heart to show himself as Father.
In this context change should not threaten us if we are living in the spirit of sonship. We are gathered into that safe place and held ‘in Christ’, we are at home in the Father.
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