“Normality is a paved road; it’s comfortable to walk but no flowers grow.”
Vincent Van Gogh
This week I am writing about how God has the power to change lives and people for His glory and for our good.
A few weeks ago my friend Zach preached an incredible message about the transforming power God through the story of a man named Paul. This message convicted my heart to the core and made me really evaluate my life as a Christ-follower.
Paul was a man who sought to kill Christians, then encountered Jesus in one life-changing moment on a road and became one of the greatest Christian missionaries of all time.
So, what happened?
Jesus. Jesus met Paul right where he was and completely changed his life. Paul transformed from a man who would watch Christians be stoned to death to a man who built up the church and lived every moment of his life for the glory of God. Paul’s heart changed from hate to love in such a radical way that only God himself could make possible.
Zach described the experience we have when we encounter Jesus to be like getting hit by a truck. If you walk into the street and get hit by a truck, you can’t just walk away from that experience unchanged. Your life will be different! You will look different, what you value changes, and your relationships with people change.
Does your life look different from those who do not believe?
Honestly, my life is a continuous work-in-progress to live differently than the world. Every day I have to decide to surrender to God’s grace and the direction He is sending me. I realize the little I know and the great need I have for God’s presence in my life daily.
It’s so easy to get caught up in society’s expectations of success that I can forget what God says is truly satisfying to the heart. I struggle with seeking acceptance from my peers above seeking God sometimes. I’m not perfect and that’s okay. However, I choose to live differently despite my insecurities because I want to live a life that reflects the decision I made to love God with all of my heart, soul, and mind.
What is that moment on the road for you? When God changed your heart and called you to live differently. Is it one moment, or a series of moments you noticed your life was forever changed?
Petit à Petit,