“A CHANGED LIFE”
“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” (II Corinthians 5:18)
The Christian life is identified by change. When Christ moves in, people’s lives are miraculously altered. Change isn’t always immediate, but it should be certain. Change isn’t imitating someone else; it isn’t you trying to become what someone else wants you to become. It is becoming what God expects you to become. Romans 12:2 says that change is a transformation of the inside and not a conformation of the outside. A transformed life will radiate and penetrate through to a change outside. If change is only about a different environment and keeping new company, instead of a change of heart and mind about sin, then it will only be temporary.
Although change isn’t always quickly discernible, it should be very different and decisive. Do others see a change in you? “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (II Peter 3:18) This verse reminds us that the Christian life is a progression, one in which we grow into maturity as we come to know more of Him. We are exhorted to add to our faith or grow diligently and systematically according to the Word of God. (cf II Peter !:5-10)
There are certain things that will promote the right kind of change in your life: prayer, Bible reading, and fellowshipping with other Christians are just places to begin. Prayer changes things: needs are met, sicknesses are healed or ministered to, etc. Bible reading helps by giving directions to progress through this life. Fellowshipping with other Christians is vital, much more so than the world would ever acknowledge. We need to meet with people who have the same desires and mindset as ours. What better support system is there than what God has created to encourage you along in your changed life? The problem in this world is that people are professing Christ and yet have no desire to change. That is a result of people looking for (and to) a religion and not a Savior. Do you really want your life changed? Come to Christ, only then will you find a genuinely changed life. You see, He is the One who makes the difference.Pastor H. Preston Parker