“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” (Ephesians 2:14-18)
The Gospel is a message of TRANSFORMATION and change. When I got saved there was a change of direction — I was headed AWAY from God and His Son Jesus Christ, but now my direction is TOWARD Him, with Him. There was a change in my desires — I was selfish, I coveted, I was insincere, but now my desire is to be like Jesus — to show His love to a lost world. When I got saved, there was a change in my disposition — my future was hopeless. Without the grace of God in my life, the best I could do was live for NOW. BUT when I was saved, I got a new disposition. The love and grace of Jesus Christ has affected my heart as well as my head. His peace indwells my spirit and gives me rest in the midst of the insanity of this world. God’s salvation gave me a new dimension. Before, my goals were earthly, temporary and limited to the number of years that I might live in this body. THANK GOD because of His salvation, my aim is beyond — I’m living for the future. I’m just a pilgrim passing through this world toward my real home.
Does any of what I have written above resonate in your life? Has your life been totally TRANSFORMED by the power of God’s salvation?
Think about the Apostle Paul. As you read the verses from Ephesians, you can understand why Paul was such a great advocate of the Gospel. Had anyone experienced it’s life-changing power more fully than had Paul? On the road to Damascus his aim had been to persecute every Christian he might find. But when he met Jesus Christ on that road, a great direction change took place in Paul’s life. One day his greatest desire had been to wipe out Christianity and eliminate all who practiced it. But he was TRANSFORMED by the power of God’s grace. He was changed. Thank God!
The greatest need in our nation today is not for a new president or new congress or new laws. Our greatest need is for those whose lives have truly been transformed by the Gospel to live like we have truly been changed. Are there any people in your life who would be surprised to find out that you are a Christian? If so, you need to check and make sure you are truly saved. Nobody wondered about the change that took place in Paul’s life and neither should they wonder about me and you.
You don’t have to be a theologian with many degrees in order to give an effective witness for the Lord. All you need is to acknowledge that because of the grace of God, your life has been CHANGED! We’ve been changed not by our works or any merit we possess but we have been changed by the grace of God.
Let’s get out there and tell everybody we see about the difference Jesus has made in our life!
Have a great day.