For those that really know me, change is not something I long for. I like things staying the same. While it may be 2014, I try to live in the early 90s. (I still haven’t bought a cellphone, I use rabbit ears, miss the days of corded phones, and refuse to listen to music that was released after I graduated high school). But change is inevitable. We must change. This blog is my foray into a new medium.
This time of the year change is on everyone’s minds. Some of us hope to change by shedding some pounds. Some of us hope to change by quitting smoking or drinking. Others, our changes are much more noble. We hope to change by being a better husband, or mother, or child, or friend.
But, there is no greater change can we undertake than to go from sinner to saved. In Phil. 2:12 Paul admonishes the saints in Philippi to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling. There were some things they would have to do on their own. Yes, God sent His Son into this world so that they world might be saved (John 3:17). Christ’s death is not a guarantee for all mankind’s salvation. It is a promise from God that He wants all of man saved (II Pet. 3:9). But it is up to you. Do you desire to fulfill the will of God? Is so you must be changed. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Rom. 12:2).”
For 2014 I encourage you to make the biggest difference in your life. God doesn’t care if you can run a 1/2 marathon. God doesn’t care if you are still eating red meat. God doesn’t care if you get that big raise, or buy a new car, or finally finish remodeling your kitchen. My friends the only change God is interested in is if you go from sinner to saved. For when we stand before God we will not have to give an account of how many miles we ran, or how many tiles we laid, or whether or not we drove a Ford or Chevy. God will look at His record books and determine if you made the change. If the answer is no… there is no hope for you. But, if the answer is yes…. you will hear the words every saved person longs to hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”