Changed Lives

One of the things I have always loved about serving the Lord is to see lives changed. Sunday evening, at Woodside’s annual celebration, we all witnessed dozens of lives that have been changed over the last few months. Each carried a placard that declared on one side what the person was and as they flipped it over it revealed what he or she had become. It was by far the highlight of an amazing evening.

Just a few words told a big story. People shared how they had come to know salvation through Christ. Others shared how they were able to introduce a friend or family member to Christ. Many shared the impact of their neighborhood group on themselves or the people on their street.

Some experienced the healing of cancer or another disease. One shared how his cancer had drawn him closer to Christ. Some had experienced the grace of God to forgive the one who abused them as a child. Marriages have been reconciled. People have been set free from the prison of their addictions.

Prayers have been answered. Families have been baptized. Discipleship groups have been launched and have grown.

As people filed through with their stories, I was reminded that this is what we work and pray for. I did not want the line to end; I could listen to those stories all day and night.

I thought of the Apostle Paul’s words to the Colossian church, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” The gospel of Christ not only changes a person’s eternal destiny; it begins a process where the Word and the Spirit can change a person’s life.

Sometimes the changes take place slowly in our lives, while at other times more abruptly. Sometimes we change by simply applying a Bible truth to our lives. Often the changes come through trials and even pain.

At times we change as the result of lessons learned through mistakes. Change to be like Christ is always good, although at times the journey can be hard. We thank God for the changes and we thank God for the journey.

The fact of the matter is that none of us will ever reach complete maturity or perfection this side of heaven. We are all in the growth process. Real and lasting changes take place from the inside out.

        “And we all with unveiled face, beholding the glory of The Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from The Lord who is the Spirit.”  (2 Corinthians 3:18)

If you are reading this and wondering if you can ever really change or be changed, let me assure you, you can! I have seen God change me in so many ways and He is not finished yet.

3 Responses to Changed Lives
  1. Giuseppe Collesano

    We are in the business of changing lives, He changed us so we could do the same by going and making disciples .
    Let’s keep doing it.

  2. Robert Boyce

    It was a great service! I have never been in an annual business meeting like that, ever, before!!! The Lord is truely blessing Woodside Bible Church. It’s an honor to serve in Worship Arts Tech Team at Troy Campus.

  3. Lonnie York

    God has changed me . He has healed me of prostate cancer. He carryed me and helped me take care of my mom for 25 years with dementia. There is no way I could of took care of her with out the help of my heavenly father. I have a great job. Most of all I ask jesus to forgive me of my sins and come into my heart on 12-7-2011. I tell people about jesus when ever I can how good he is to all of us . Just ask him to help us and in due time his will will be done.GOD BLESS YOU ALL