I came up out of the water
Raised my hands up to the Father
Gave it all to him that day
Felt a new wind kiss my face
Walked away, Eyes wide open
Could finally see where I was going
It didn’t matter where I’d been
I’m not the same man I was then
Changed by Rascal Flatts
This happens at the beginning of each year. People make resolutions and set out to make them happen. I noticed this when I went out on a jog. There were more people running, walking or biking than usual. Maybe some of them were like me who wanted to shed off the few pounds they accumulated during the Christmas’ and New Year’s celebrations. Nothing wrong with that!
Change is inevitable part of life. People resolve to change as their environment and circumstances change.
Just a few days ago, I attended a workmate’s wedding. It happened at the start of the year. My workmate and her fiancé decided to get married at the start of the year. They welcomed the change of the year with the change of their status from single individuals to husband and wife. It was change indeed!
A similar wedding happens when God has found you and made you his own. It is a great change. More so, when a soul allows himself or herself to be found by Christ, change instantly happens. It does not end with being found. A sinner that has repented will get more than a party from God; he or she will receive a changed life. Once God has found you, he will mold your life into something that will surprise you. Take Paul as a prime example, he used to be an enemy. As Saul, he used to kill everyone who believes Christ. Yet as he discovered Christ on the road to Damascus, he became one of the most zealous writer, preacher and witness of Christ’s coming. Only God has that kind of power.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
2 Corinthians 5:17-18
A parable is told once more by Christ about a wedding feast thrown by a King for His son’s marriage. Everything was already laid out. The food was prepared, the venue was posh and elegant, even the servants wore the best outfit for the feast. The only problem was that no one would come. The King in his fury decided to invite those who are in the streets, the beggars and all the lowlifes that his servants could find. They dressed them up properly and gave them the proper wedding attire. However, one man decided not to wear the attire which infuriated the King.
While the parable seemed to have a scary ending, it clearly tells us that the people who are invited to Christ’s party are those who are willing to change. Those who have been found and called to God should be willing to leave their old selves behind and allow God to give them a new set of character.
It is not enough for us to believe that Jesus is not an impostor, and that the religion of the Bible is no cunningly devised fable. We may believe that the name of Jesus is the only name under heaven whereby man may be saved, and yet we may not through faith make Him our personal Saviour. It is not enough to believe the theory of truth. It is not enough to make a profession of faith in Christ and have our names registered on the church roll. “He that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us.” “Hereby we do know that we know Him if we keep His commandments.” 1 John 3:24; 2:3. This is the genuine evidence of conversion. Whatever our profession, it amounts to nothing unless Christ is revealed in works of righteousness.
Christ’s Object Lessons by Ellen G. White.
Change does not need to happen only during the New Year, at any point in time, resolve within yourself to change according to God’s will. It is never too late to wear His prescribed wedding garment. Wear it and be changed.
I got off track, I made mistakes
Back slid my way into that place where souls get lost
Lines get crossed
and the pain won’t go away
I hit my knees, Now here I stand
There I was, now here I am
Here I am
Changed by Rascal Flatts