We hear these stories from time to time about radical transformations that take place in peoples lives because they had an experience with God.
We’re not too sure of what to make of these experiences at first glance. Sadly we often secretly wait for these who claim they have had such an experience to return to their old way of life.
These people always intrigue us as we watch their lives from a distance because we know that personal change is not easy. To prove that point this world has seen many in bondage to alcohol, pornography and drugs (to name a few) who slide off the cliff of life precisely because they could not change.
Many of us have even had a relative or close friend that just could never seem to get their life on track.
As a caring friend or family member we think to ourselves if they could just change their behavior and start making the right choices they would be fine. So we talk to them, give them ultimatums and hold interventions to try to steer them onto the right path.
And when these tactics fail we don’t understand why they are so far from the playing field of life. It’s even easy for us who have never waded in satan’s end of the pool to think that it’s pretty simple to be a good person and make right choices.
But as we’re taught in the Word of God it’s not easy to make right choices. In fact God says that every person who has ever lived from Adam till now has made wrong choices.
The Bible says that all have gone astray and that all have missed the mark. Yes it’s more evident in some people’s lives because of the outward nature of their sin but the reality of life is that everyone needs not only a personal reformation, but a moral transformation from the inside out.
This transformation can only take place when a person is born again of the Holy Spirit by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Yes a change of behavior is necessary in all of us but we must understand that personal reformation always, I mean always follows moral transformation.
So today if you have a relative or close friend who has left the building I encourage you to look deeper than what you see on the outside and realize that they need to be changed on the inside.
They need the Holy Spirit of God to take up residence in their life so that they can be set free from the power and penalty of sin. Pray for them, love them, be patient with them but most of all care enough for them to tell them to turn from their sin and trust in Jesus Christ.
In Romans 10:14-15 Paul the Apostle writes, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?” As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
You say, “I’m not a preacher.” “Someone else will have to tell them.” But the Word of God says to set yourself aside, your fears and doubts and simply tell those God has put before you that He loves them, has a plan for their lives and desires that none go to hell but that all should dwell with Him eternally in heaven. And then you’ll know what it means to truly have beautiful feet.
Who knows, you might just be responsible for one of those radical transformations because you kept your eyes on Jesus and shared the good news with someone in need.
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