Change comes in the life of every single person alive. From the day of our conception until the day of our death, there is some kind of change taking place. In little ones the changes seem to take pace almost daily. They learn to hold a bottle, smile, or rollover. Next thing you know they are running around the room and climbing on everything in sight. Some are fearful of new things, while others have absolutely no fear of the unknown. As we get older, we might learn something new at school or on the job. Our style of dressing changes as we mature. We all desire to better our self and our family.
But the truth is that from the day of our birth, we are all rushing headlong toward death. There is nothing we can do to stop that fact. However as we face the end of our life here what about eternity? Are you prepared to meet your fate after this life here? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior? Are you sure that you are sure that you are sure that your sins have been covered by the blood of the Lamb?
Evidence of salvation comes in a one way that is unmistakable – CHANGE! It is hard to describe but the words of a song my children sang when they were young reveals a little part of it. They sang “Bullfrogs and butterflies have both been born again!” Butterflies are a beautiful sight to watch as they flit around the flowers traveling gracefully on the air. Yet, before their drastic transformation these creature crawled on their bellies going from place to place. How like many of us were like that before we came to know Jesus as our Savior. We were lost in our sin – crawling around in our shame and disgust knowing we needed something.
Often we had no idea what it was we were looking for – but there had to be something better than what we had. Then we heard the Word of the Lord saying “I love you!” His love wrapped around us like a warm cocoon and when we emerge – we were free. Free from our past, free from the wages of death, free from all the pain we have carried for so long. His gift of salvation freed us from wallowing in our sin to fly and soar as free as that beautiful.
Some of the rest of us are like those tiny tadpoles. We are living our life to the fullest, swimming back and forth in our little pond. Slowly that pond, our life, begins to shrink and closing in on us. We turn to the left and all the fun spots are gone. Then turn to the right and there is nothing is there but slough. What we left behind doesn’t bring any joy to our life anymore. Then we begin to seek after the Living Waters of the Lord. As He ministers in our life, we begin changing. What held our interest before this encounter with the Lord seems to be nothing but miry clay.
Yes, change is the greatest sign of a soul that has been touched by the Lord. I have seen heavy smokers lay down their cigarette to never pick it up again. Alcoholics freed from their bondage. Women set free from prostitution. Men addicted to porn liberated. I have seen snarling, bitter men and women become smiling, joyful individuals who shine with the love of the Lord. Change comes as we press in to the Lord and seek His face. Change comes as we cry out asking for forgiveness. Yes, change is possible. To be cleansed by the blood of the Savior will change us into new creatures in the Lord.
Have you changed? Rejoice in His name. If you have slid back into the miry clay, cry out again for His touch and forgiveness. Allow His touch once more and find the freedom and hope that comes. Yep, it’s possible to soar in the air and leap out of the muck. Just look up for your redemption draws near.