You need to try something new. Your organization needs to try something new. Your church needs to try something new?
Why? Isn’t the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” true?
Just because something is working in this moment is no guarantee it will work tomorrow or even the rest of the day (ask any farmer about this; he can tell you equipment breaks down at worst possible moments).
For the Jesus follower, this is critical. Jesus always invites you to take a next step. This means you must embrace a life that requires a focus on Jesus and a willingness to move from what is comfortable and familiar. Jesus regularly invites you into the new.
Why do we not do something new?
We’re afraid to fail.
Failure is the last thing God’s people should fear. God can redeem every failure of ours and make it new. Learn from our failures – sure. Let our failures keep us from trying something new? Absolutely not.
It’s time to try something new in your walk with Jesus.
So if you read the Bible every day, that’s good! But if it feels stale, then switch it up and listen to the passages of scripture instead of reading them. Read it in a different translation. Read a whole book through in one sitting.
If prayer feels stale, try praying in a different physical posture. Instead of praying sitting in a chair, pray on your knees. Pray on your knees? Try praying standing up with your arms outstretched. Have a familiar pattern of prayer? Switch it up. Confess your sins first, then ask God to meet your needs.
If the worship service you attend feels stale, sit in a different spot. Take notes on the sermon for a change. Maybe visit a church way outside your worship tradition. If you are Pentecostal, go to an Episcopal Church. Baptist? Go to a Pentecostal church.
Your organization needs to try something new. Re-arrange the furniture. Offer a sale at an offbeat time. Roll out an experimental product. Change the meeting schedule.
I know your church needs to try something new. Instead of Sunday night worship, try a three month experiment of having worship on Monday night. Instead of a big Christmas musical, take the choir to the Walmart parking lot and sing carols. Maybe your pastor needs to try something different in his preaching – like asking random people at McDonald’s what kind of sermons would interest them, then preaching those sermons.
God said through the prophet Isaiah, “Behold, I am making all things new.”
Join God in what is new. Get uncomfortable. Grow. Stretch. Fail. Learn.
Try something new.