“Transformed Lives”

Posted: April 24, 2014 in Christian Life, Church, Resurrection, Salvation, Success

Are you interested in making a change in your life? Are you tired of living in misery and sorrow without hope for the future? Is your life boring and uneventful or filled with  what you call “bad luck”? Would you like to add some happiness and zest to your life? Perhaps you’ve tried many things without success. “Success is the continuing achievement of becoming the person God wants you to be and accomplishing the goals God has helped you set.” – Dr. Charles Stanley

Transformed lives glorify God and demonstrate His power (Romans 1:16, 17; Ephesians 3:20). The creation of the heavens and earth involved His finger works (Psalm 8:3). But God’s greatest demonstration of power was displayed when God the Father raised the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. This proved to us that He (the Father) had accepted Christ’s payment for our sins (Romans 4:25; 6:23). Now all we have to do to be saved is believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through the Gospel message. My friend, you’ve sinned like all the rest of us have (Romans 3:1-23). We all deserve to be separated forever from God in hell (Romans 6:23).  But Christ died for sinners and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Throughout the pages of the Scriptures we find examples of people whose lives where dramatically changed for the better once they were saved. Consider the following examples:

Peter. He was very self confident and claimed that he would never deny the Lord, but he did three times (Matthew 26:31-35). Satan demanded that he be allowed to tempt all of Christ’s disciples.  But Jesus only permitted him to tempt Peter as he did (Luke 22:31). This same man later became one of the Lord’s chief spokesmen on the Day of Pentecost (Luke 22:32; John 21:15; Acts 2:14ff; 3:12ff). He even wrote two letters to the early church.

James, The Lord’s Half Brother. Here was a man who grew up with the Lord and observed everything He did and said. In spite of this, He and his other siblings didn’t believe that He was the promised Messiah until Jesus appeared to him after His resurrection (Mark 3:21; John 7:5; 1 Corinthians 15:7). But later he played a significant role in the early church (Acts 15:13) and wrote a letter to some Hebrew Christians (James 1-5).

Thomas, The Doubter. He has had this title attached to his name ever since he doubted the word of the other disciples who claimed to have seen Jesus while he (Thomas) was absent the first Sunday evening when the Lord appeared to the other 10 disciples (John 20:24-29). But when the Lord appeared again to them a week later, when Thomas was present, He believed and declared Jesus to be God (John 20:28).

Saul (Paul). He was a religious Pharisee and a persecutor of Christians (Acts 7:58; 8:1ff; 1 Corinthians 15:9; Galatians 1:13). He referred to himself as the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). But when the Lord encountered him on the road to Damascus his life was forever changed. He was selected by God to be the steward (household manager) of this dispensation of grace in which we now live (Ephesians 3:2). As such he penned most of the instructions that we have to govern our daily lives. In the early days of his Christian life he struggled greatly with his sin nature as we do.  He ended up doing many things that he (his new nature) didn’t want to do (Romans 7:15-25). But he learned the secret to victory (Galatians 5:16, 25; Ephesians 5:18) and that no temptation is too great for Christians (1 Corinthians 10:13).

The Eleven Disciples. After declaring to His enemies that He was the eternal “I AM” (Jehovah God) and causing them to fall down to the ground (John 18:6), Jesus demanded that they let His disciples go their way (John 18:4-9). When they did this His disciples fled and left Him all alone (Matthew 26:56). But after witnessing His resurrection from the dead they became faithful witnesses of this fact and went to the far corners of the earth spreading the Gospel. From church history we learn that most of them died as martyrs. (See “Fox’s Book of Martyrs.”) But they believed that the sufferings of this life weren’t worthy to be compared to the glory that would follow when they too would be resurrected from the dead (Romans 8:18; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52).

The Five Hundred Brethren. They also witnessed his bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:6). Did you know that the first Christians were all Jewish (Acts 2:5, 41)? The Lord instructed them to  evangelize the Samaritans, who were half Jewish (Acts 8:5ff), and the non-Jews (Acts 1:8; 10:1ff). When they were reluctant to do this, God allowed them to face intense persecution.  When they were scattered from their homeland they introduced Christ to the “heathen” and shared the Gospel with them (Romans 1:16, 17). Surprisingly they even rejoiced when they suffered for the cause of Christ (Acts 5:41; 16:25). Would you do that or whine and complain (1 Corinthians 10:10)? Godly Christians should expect to be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12).

You And Me. We are hopeless (Ephesians 2:10), and helpless (John 15:5; Romans 5:6) until we place our faith in Him alone for our salvation. But once we’re saved, He begins the work of transformation so make us like Christ (Romans 8:29; 12:1,2; Galatians 4:19).  He never gives up on His own (Philippians 1:6). If you’re not a true Christian yet, why not become one today?

Changed? If you’re saved, what positive changes have taken place in your life?  What do other people see taking place in your life (Romans 12:1, 2)? Are you growing in the Lord (2 Peter 3:18), and serving Him and others because you love God and His children (Galatians 5:13; 1 John 4:20, 21)? Are you glorifying God by your lifestyle and with your lips (words)?

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