“Who, through faith, subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” (Heb. 11:33-34)
Anyone who has ever been brought in as an outsider to reform a business company as a temporary consultant or as a long-term, in-house employee eventually discovers the discouraging reality that the people initiating the reforms often think the problem involves other people within the company, and not themselves. Company owners and managers pushback against the very reforms they initiate, at the critical transition point where fact-finding abruptly changes to actual implementation, because they resist recommended changes in the way they are doing things at the very top of the company, just like everyone else resists change throughout the organization.
The irony is that owners and top managers resist the changes that would improve the company structure and performance when these changes also include the way they themselves have been doing things. Beneficial change is then killed by half-hearted commitment and partial implementation because of the strong human tendency for continuing to do things our way, once we have developed patterns and practices that have been set within the inertia of usage over time.
The optimum best approach sometimes fails to gain acceptance because people do not want to change. It is considered okay to audit and scrutinize others, but we do not like other people entering into our “turf” to analytically criticize how we ourselves do things (Jn. 3:20). The baffling and inexplicably intense, hostile resistance to beneficial change that would clearly bring improved efficiency, mistake prevention, and cost-savings into a struggling company is a huge challenge to overcome for those people tasked to identify and implement change in the organization. This concept is central to understanding the hostile pushback the Christian gospel message of salvation receives out in the world.
The core feature of Christianity is change. The central tenet in Christianity is that Spirit-born believers become new creatures “in Christ” (2 Cor. 5:17), going from darkness to light, from spiritual death to spiritual life. Jesus is the Consultant who has perfect understanding of every enterprise, system, and every person. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life…who has the solution to absolutely every problem, crisis, and shortcoming in business, family life, and in our personal characters. Jesus assuming His rightful place on the throne of our lives, as we step aside from our short-sighted, egocentric, and misdirected self-rulership, is the life-long Christian reformation process that begins with repentance, spiritual rebirth, and picking up our cross to follow Jesus into God-composed adventures of faith designed to produce beneficial change.