I feel like I ought to clarify. It would be easy for someone who doesn’t know me (and possibly easy for someone who does, I guess) to take my recent posts about the changes I see in myself as a lot of patting myself on the back and “hey look at how great I am.” That is SO not the point.
The point is simply this: we look around this fallen world, and everywhere it seems that the Adversary is screaming at us “Things never change. People never change. At least, never for the better.” Why does he scream this so vehemently? Because the implication is that he is running things here. We can talk about a sovereign God and yammer on about the Kingdom, but for now, he’s running the show.
Except he isn’t. And those screams are lies, just like everything else that comes from the Adversary. Lies meant to disable us and cause us to give up hope and just quit. If he can’t kill us, his second most important mission is to make sure that we stay put and keep quiet.
The truth is, the Gospel changes things. Here and now–it always has and it always will change things. The Gospel changes people, when they’re willing to be changed. Maybe it’s not a fast process. Maybe it’s a process that isn’t strictly linear in progression, with a lot of circling forward instead of marching in lockstep with no backtracking. But it happens. People change. Never believe that the Gospel–that Christ–lacks the power to visibly and significantly transform lives.
And if you are blessed to have experienced some significant change and transformation in your life, I think that you have a duty and an obligation to share that with people. More and more I’m convinced that sharing the ways that Christ has changed who you are and how you live for the better, on a day to day basis, making that transformation clearly visible, is the best way to draw people into a deeper relationship with Him, or to get them interested enough to investigate starting a relationship with Him, if that’s where they are.