I've been changed. Change is the key word of this year. The election, commercials and even the air seems to breathe that word ... change. "Change you can believe in" is the motto of one political party, yet that is not the change that I really want to look at.
Change is not easy, but it is necessary. One of the pieces of changes has to do with understanding where we are and where we are going. Most the time, for adults, change brings concern and even pain. It opens things that we don't want to deal with often. But it leaves us free.
Think with me about some of the change that Jesus has brought our way.
Ephesians 2:8 (nasb) --- For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
1 John 2:12 (nasb) --- I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name's sake.
Ephesians 1:7 (nasb) --- In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
Romans 8:1 (nasb) --- Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (nasb) --- Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Salvation is a change. By God's grace we are changed, forgiven, no longer condemned and been made new. That is HUGE change. Look at it. Make sure you own that change if you belong to Jesus.
This Sunday we are asking The Community Fellowship family to thank God and testify about the change that Jesus has brought into their lives. We are using something called 'cardboard testimonies' and a special Sunday morning celebration. This is going to be so good.
Last night I was talking with one of our leaders, and we came across a thought that I have to leave you with for the weekend. Here it is: sometimes we expect more of ourselves than God expects of us.
Think about it. By grace we are saved. By grace we are called to live. That is perspective on change. Vote "YES" for the change that Jesus can and will make in your life and in the lives of the people you encounter!!!