I was listening to “Mona Lisa (When the World Comes Down)” by The All-American Rejects earlier tonight. There’s a line that caught my attention in the first verse. Tyson Ritter, the band’s frontman, sings:
Without a change
Our lives will never last
‘Cause we’re going fast
This is such a small line in the context of the song, but it shows the world’s desire for change. You can see it all over the media. From diets to cars to fashion to philosophy to education to political candidates. Everything is always “new” and offers some kind of “transformation.”
What the world needs is the change that Christ offers. He can provide it because in him we find the changeless One. “[The earth and heavens] will perish, but you remain…like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end” (Heb. 1:11).
This changeless One, doesn’t leave us changeless though. We need it, or we are doomed. He gives the greatest change we could ever have. “We all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image [that is, the image of God that sin has ruined] from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18).
Without change, we definitely won’t last. But every change that doesn’t come from the Lord will give way to the next best thing. In Christ we find the greatest thing this universe has to offer. The searching stops with him.