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Bishop Peter Tasker representing Moore College ,
Sydney, Australia visits Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza CVA convalescing accompanied by Archbishop Ian Ernest
March 9, 2010

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] Bishop Tasker Writes - July 2006
Peter Tasker
June 28th, 2006
“I the Lord do not change.”(Malachi 3:6) A great truth to be reminded of! “Listen, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed - in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.” (1 Corinthians 15:51). Here is one change I eagerly await!

There is at least one thing that is common to all cultures across the earth, moaning about change. Yet we all keep demanding change! The church has got to… The government must…Certain things have to change in this family…

The most imperative change? That we understand our self centred anti God mind set and cry out to the Lord that he will grant us the grace of repentance so that we may know forgiveness and new life in Christ Jesus.

One of the marks of the reality of this change in our lives is that we will be consciously seeking together ‘not to be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Then we will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

The second most imperative change? “Go!” “Be my witnesses!” “Preach forgiveness and forgiveness of sins!” A massive change in the way we normally think – ‘if people are interested they are welcome to come in’! We set up and maintain the club and put out a welcome mat!

One of the marks of the reality that we are God’s children is that we recognise that God is drawing a people to himself from the four corners of the world. One of the ways he fulfils this purpose, is sending us out into his world to bear witness and testimony to his saving grace. We are to be no longer people who constantly think only of pleasing and caring for ourselves in our little home BUT are out in God’s world about God’s business.

God never changes.
We must be changed from self pleasing to loving and serving the one true living God.

The reality of this change will show itself in us constantly thinking and praying about the world around us. Not concentrating on the feathering of our nest but breaking out into God’s world. This will mean spending most of our time seeking to understand how we can more effectively communicate the gospel to those around us. If the gospel is to reach out to our communities, we must change our thinking from what pleases me to what pleases our Lord Jesus Christ. That is why ‘ we always give ourselves to the work of the Lord, because we know that our labour in the Lord is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58)

When Jesus returns… ‘we will be changed.’