I have changed. I want to change. I will change.
Change is at the heart of what Jesus did on the cross. The language we most often hear is the language of ‘saving’. Yes, certainly there was a rescue component to the work of Christ on the cross, but the work was/is far more thorough than that.
The death of Jesus not only saves me, but it places me within a lifelong process of transformation. In other words, Jesus has designs to change me, and all those who seek to follow Him.
The apostle Paul got this. He opened his letter to the Philippians with this message, “I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion” (Phil. 1:6).
I love that verse. Sometimes I regard change to be coming too slowly. Sometimes I fear that the process of personal transformation has been altogether suspended. But then I am reminded that I do not ultimately drive this process of change. I’m a part of it, of course, by my resisting or embracing of God’s transforming power. However, at the end of the day, God’s will is going to prevail in my life. The process began in me, by Him, and will eventually be completed……by Him.
My confidence in this transformation comes from observing the profound changes in the lives of men and women who witnessed the death and Resurrection of Jesus. On Easter Sunday at St. Giles Kingsway and The Well, I had us track Simon-Peter as an example of one of these. If you’ve ever doubted your capacity to be changed, or restored by God, I urge you to listen to the message below.
The story of Simon-Peter is compelling. If Simon-Peter can be changed, if Saul (Paul) can be changed, you and I can be changed. I want that change. I look forward to that change!