I don’t think that many of us consider ourselves to be an agent of change in our world. We start out as children believing that we can do anything our imagination can capture. We are that way until we lose our innocence .
Jesus intended us to be that Change Agent.
Note from Kip…
Stagnation seems to have become the norm for our existence.
As children we imagined doing things and were immediately convinced that was the thing that we would do. We thought about something that would make things better and saw ourselves being that person who brought that benefit to those around us.
Then as we grow a little older we find that there are boundaries everywhere that attempt to limit us within certain confines.
Typically as we enter into adulthood we may be only left with a respectable case of optimism from which to cast our impact on the world.
Unfortunately those who seem to breakout of the restrictions around them are often quickly changed by their apparent success rather than finding a means to leverage that success into meaningful change.
God didn’t intend for it to be that way. In fact, He doesn’t intend it to be that way for any of us.
You don’t have to look very far in the Bible to see where people who have allowed God to be instrumental in their lives have not only changed things in their immediate vicinity, but have affected change that is propagated to great expanse.
Abram who later God renamed to Abraham, though advanced in years and childless, was told by God that His lineage would be come a great nation. Abraham had a bit of a false start, but came to accept God’s intentional intervention in the union of him and his now renamed wife Sarah.
This could have been taken as unintended consequences, or an amazing coincidence but it was not. The nation that was founded around the lineage of Abraham today is among the most notable of the peoples of the earth. Arguably the most notable, despite having time and time again their very existent threatened to extinction.
It wasn’t by chance. Abraham became a willing change agent and God used that obedience to literally change history forever.
Throughout the Old Testament and into the New, we see God calling out to individuals to be the change that He desires them to be. As they respond, miraculous events transpire in their path. Events and transformations that are beyond the scope of any childhood imagination.
Until the point in our history when God sent His own Change Agent to put in place a change that would alter everything. The very relationship between God and humanity would be revolutionized by this one change agent.
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
John 3:16-17 (NLT)
Those who were condemned to death under the Law of God, would be given freedom from sin and death by the very Son of God. He would come and be born just as any other person is, but upon His birth this change agent would begin the process of altering our relationship with God forever.
The Son of the Almighty God came and took upon Himself the sin and the bindings that it placed on us and covered our debt.
A beautiful thing I enjoy seeing in the scripture, is the poetry and purpose which God weaves into His interaction with mankind.
God made change agents throughout time and called forth individuals to accomplish that. Then when the time right He sent His own Change Agent to totally change the landscape of man’s interaction with God.
But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.
Galatians 4:4-5 (NLT)
Jesus was sent not just to change the world, but to change us. His entire mission was to alter the relationship between us and Him, but as He did that and we respond to His gift of freedom from the law, we also change.
We Become Children Again
Christians don’t seem to grasp the full impact of what salvation is.
Yes, they get the idea that God is forgiving them of their sin, He is redeeming them. It’s great stuff!
But what happens to us at the point of surrender, is the most life altering event that a person can ever experience. We become children again!
We are adopted into God’s family with the full rights and privileges as one of His children. Once again the innocence we had as young children is restore to us and we are empowered to become change agents just as our Savior was in redeeming us.
Not only do we have that ability, we are to use that ability each and every day.
You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Matthew 5:13-16 (NLT)
Salt is a change agent. We use it to change the taste of our food. It cures things that would rot if not being transformed by the salt. It cleanses things and makes them clean.
When Jesus told us this He was making it clear that we, like salt are to be that change agent. He goes on to also illustrates us as being the light of the world, so this change isn’t limited to our immediate vicinity.
It is an amazing thing about light, a very small light can be seen from a great distance. So much so that if we are using a light to illuminate our path, our ability to see in the distance is much shorter than the distance someone outside of that light can observe it from.
In such, our light is effecting those much further than we could ever perceive.
Our joy, our faith, our love and grace all are tools of implementing change in the lives of everyone we come in contact with everyday.
It’s not something we need to measure and quantify. We are God’s own Children! We are adopted into His family and we are the change agents for the world.
If we are not being a change agent there is only one reason that it isn’t happening, our enemy the devil has convinced us that those old boundaries are still a viable restraint to our freedom in Christ Jesus. And that is a LIE!
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
We become children again. We should never let the devil convince us that we don’t or cannot affect a change. It is our intent, our purpose, and our mission to be the change that makes the difference for the lost and alters the trajectory of souls bound to death.
We are free to be Disciples of the one that places that change agent in us by bestowing us with the Holy Spirit.
Be a ‘change agent!’