Actual Change …

Imagine for a moment that you invited me to your birthday party, and like a lot of people I ran late, but the reason for my lateness is explained when I finally arrive on your doorstep. 

I tell you that I was on my way and I blew the tyre on the drivers side heading towards your place and as I got out my jack and start lifting the car up a massive truck came speeding along, not seeing me crouched down, and smashed into me head on. 

But, although being smashed by the truck, here I am ready to celebrate your birthday. 

You’d probably look at me weirdly. 

Maybe the flat tyre part was true but surely the part about the truck smashing into me is a little bit of a stretch? 

I’m claiming to have been hit by a truck and yet here I am at your party. 

The question you’d be asking is, wouldn’t there be a sign? An indication? Some marks, bruises or changes? The reality is that we all know I’d be messed up, I would be a changed person.

This is often how we approach Jesus, how we approach discipleship

We tell people that we go to Church, we tell people that Jesus is the most important person in our lives, that he is our Saviour, Redeemer, Lord and the list goes on BUT we show no indication, no marks, no impact that we’ve been hit by a life changing incident. 

Sometimes the only things we do is, follow Jesus on Facebook, put a Bible verse up as our bio, tag ourselves at Church as a public demonstration that we are changed. 

When I read …

‘See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.’ 1 John 3:1

This love that I read about with Jesus, this adoption into the family of God, requires much more than a status update and a weekly attendance to Church; its much more than this.

It’s a life that recognises that Jesus is far greater, bigger and more important than we could have ever imagined. That the love we have experienced, found in Jesus, leaves us impacted and looking different than before.

TODAY ask yourself, honestly, has the impact of Jesus been noticeable? When was the last time someone asked why you love differently? Hope differently? Speak differently? Forgive … and forgive differently?

Lord, thank you for the love that you have lavished on us. Thank you for calling us Children of God. May we show love, compassion, kindness, hope and forgiveness that can only come from Jesus. Amen.

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