Jesus Transformed my Life!
“The thief comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).
My friend, Jesus transformed my life! He changed me. I will never be the same again because God called me out of darkness into his marvellous light. I’m telling you, the Lord Jesus has the power to change a person’s life. The Bible says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Jesus didn’t just come into the world just to forgive our sins and adopt us into God’s family so that one day we could go to Heaven, although all of those are amazingly wonderful gifts. The Bible tells us that Jesus came into the world so that we might have life, an abundant, overflowing and transformed life. Jesus Himself said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” (Luke 4:18). This is the good news of the Gospel. If your heart is broken, Jesus wants to heal your brokenness. If you are a captive to sin, Jesus wants to deliver you. If you are blind, He wants to restore your sight, and if your life is bruised and broken, Jesus wants to set you free.
The Christian life is not just about following a bunch of rules, or learning how to think right about God. So many people have such a limited or skewed concept of what Christianity is all about. As John Eldredge writes in his excellent book, Waking the Dead, “Christianity isn’t a religion about going to Sunday school, potluck suppers, being nice, holding car washes, sending our second-hand clothes off to Mexico—as good as those things might be…Christians have spent their whole lives mastering all sorts of principles, done their duty, carried on the programs of their church…and never known God intimately heart to heart.”
Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” This is an important and foundational principle that we would do well to learn as early on as possible in our Christian lives. We are living in a world at war, and there is an enemy – a thief – whose goal is to steal, kill and destroy in our lives. However, Jesus came into the world to destroy the works of the devil, and to bring us abundant life. Today, I want to challenge you to seek after Jesus with all of your heart, because it’s only in a close and intimate friendship with Him that your life will find lasting fulfillment, satisfaction, joy and peace. He will transform your life just like He did for me. You don’t have to stay the same, but you can be changed by the love of the Father, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. To know Jesus is to know life and love; joy unspeakable, and peace that passes all understanding. Don’t just be religious or go to church: come to Jesus and let your life be transformed.
If you will read through the four Gospels that tell the story of Jesus, you will see life after life that is transformed by the power of God. “You must be transformed. Keeping the Law, following the rules, polishing up your manners—none of that will do. What counts is whether we really have been changed into new and different people (Gal. 6:15). Is this not the message of the Gospel? Zacchaeus the trickster becomes Zacchaeus the Honest One. Mary the whore becomes Mary the Last of the Truly Faithful, Paul the self-righteous murderer becomes Paul the humble Apostle.” (John Eldredge).
“Then again (the Pharisees) called the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man (Jesus) is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” (Romans 9:24-25).
Pastor Chris Jordan