The Change Factor

Tim begins the message by reading from Luke 7:36-50, the story of a sinful woman who is forgiven by Jesus and Luke 13:1-5, where Jesus call us to repent.

We need to remind ourselves of the "change factor".  Everyone of us has stuff in our past that we are trying to repurpose. We need to be reminded that this is not about what we are humanly trying to accomplish.

For us, change is not the goal, change should be the result.  We shouldn't be changing just to change.

Examples of people, who were not pursuing change, but who as a result of Jesus, their lives were changed forever:

Luke 5:27:32, Luke 19:1-10, John 4:1-26, and Luke 5:12-16.

These people didn't fit the normal religious model of conformity.  They didn't fit into big religion, their pattern of life was sin.  But when Jesus met with them and they met with Jesus, they changed. 

There are many reasons to change things about yourself.   A lot of churches have established self-help programs which are about us creating strategies. Is it change because of faith and Jesus or is it because of works that make us feel really good about who we are?  Our church family needs to be focused on Jesus.

Things that create change:  circumstances, environment, tragedy, challenges, strategies, failure, and loss.

People don't usually pursue change because they want to, but because they have to. 

"I want to live differently, but I don't want to change."

Change is difficult, it's not an easy path. 

If we, the flock of Jesus, have experienced God than change will be the result of His presence in our midst.  How can God show up and everything else stay the same?  If God were to show up in this room right now, do we believe we could be exactly the same as when we walked in here?

Why do we really need God?  The impact of God and Jesus' spirit in our lives should have results that create change. Are you the same person that you were 6 months ago?  How badly do you need Jesus in your life?

Only He can create change now and throughout eternity.

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Posted on October 5, 2014 .