Fixed or Flexible?

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

In his study of languages, Nicholas Ostler observes that change is constant. Beginning with traditions, languages continually morph as new generations introduce new interpretations and bring new words into the vocabulary. This is part of the constant reshaping we see in cultures and lifestyles. Some resist change, holding on to the past, while others desire transformation.

This pattern can represent challenges for believers. Many Christians have a clear sense of Biblical truth, and how these truths should shape our lives. Yet all around they see change. Changes in language, fashion, and entertainment. Changes in music and standards.

Partly a result of changing times and generational differences, many young people have rejected Christianity and no longer feel the need to attend church. Still claiming to be “spiritual,” some find their “spirituality” from their own other sources.

In the midst of these changing times, how can we know when it is acceptable to compromise, and when to stand firm? Which change is allowed by God? Which is not?

The Bible reminds us that some things simply are true, in every generation. But the Bible also gives us flexibility in some issues. On this point, Paul wrote, “Let everyone be fully convinced (assured, satisfied) in his own mind” (Romans 14:5).

Believers face these kinds of issues every day. In your life, how should you decide when to be flexible, and when to resist change? In your own life? Your family? Your church?

Start by filling Your mind with God’s Word, which is firm and unchangeable. Learn His principles. Stand on His truths, regardless of what others may say. Don’t be confused by popularity. His Word will keep you fixed and safe in the midst of changing times, and every storm.

Take any questions to Him in prayer. Let Him help you discern what is flexible, and what is fixed.