A change of geography is not a change of mind.
And for us to be transformed, it is the mind that needs to be renewed.
We can change locations, churches, styles, formats, platforms and words. But unless our minds have been changed then nothing significant has really changed.
It amazes me when I talk to people who have made a significant move. They’ve made some kind of exterior change and feel all radical about it. But I’m still talking to the very same person. There really has been no change. They still grasp on to the same theology or philosophy as they did before. They’ve only rearranged the surface. Like makeup.
I recognize this in others because I recognize this in my self. I know how easy it is to change the appearance or the geography and give the impression that I have changed when I haven’t changed at all. We often use these external modifications to distract others from the fact that we are still the same old person we were before. It’s a ploy.
This is because change is the one thing we are most afraid of and resist with all of our might.
The mind itself refuses to die and will do all kinds of tricks to prevent its own demise, which is necessary for its own renewal.