Monday, September 27, 2010

Change Starts with Us

A few days ago while Barkley and I were on our daily three mile walk I was listening to a sermon by Jon Weece, the lead follower (the preaching pastor) at Southland Christian Church in Lexington, KY. In the sermon Jon said, “We will never change Lexington until Jesus changes us” (that is how I remember it any-way). It made me stop and think because I am so quick to blame others or to see the necessary changes other people nee to make while I forget about the transformation that still needs to take place in my life. Didn’t Jesus say something about this in one of His teaching? Something about a speck and a log? Check out Matthew 7:3-5 if you want to know what I am talking about.

Many of us are disappointed and frustrated by the moral climate of the United States. We want changes to be made and so we turn to the political process to bring about the changes we would like to see happen. The problem is that for the past 30 years the Church in the United States has been involved in politics and things have not improved, in fact things have gotten even worse. What is that? I think Henry Blackaby can shed some light on that question:
“Your life is the product of choices you have made, and your church is the product of choices it has made. Your prayer meeting is a reflection of the choices yo have made as a church. Our nation is a reflection of the choices that have been made by the people of God concerning their relationship with God” (Holiness, Emphasis added, p. 22).

I want to tie these two thoughts from Weece and Blackaby together. Instead of focusing on political, educational, or technological change to bring revival to the United States we need to focus on personal change. When God’s people are salt and light change in the culture will naturally happen, just as salt naturally enhances the flavor of food and light naturally chases away the darkness, and the entire nation will be blessed as a result.

The first step in this transformation process is the TOTAL surrender of our lives, of our church families, and our agendas to God. That is the first choice that we need to make, and it is this choice that opens our lives up to the transforming power of God.

We, who claim the name Christian, will not change the United States until Jesus changes us. It is time to surrender to Him so we can be transformed into the people He created us to be, and thus become the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

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