What kind of changes will a sinner go through once they see the Greatness of God?
Let me start by saying that God has given us free will, so it has to be our choice to embrace the changes that God may desire to make in our hearts. One other thing to remember is that we have to be able to recognize the greatness of God. The greatness of God is all around us – in trees, hummingbirds, butterflies, rain, other people and your Bible.
Have you ever taken the time to think about how the wings of a bird support the weight of its body or how your eyes work with the rest of your body to allow you to see? The greatness of our God is in everything not just in the biggest of miracles.
I could say so much on this subject and the Bible says a ton, but we’re just going to hit a couple of them today.
- Ability to discern truth from lies and bear good fruit – Matthew 7:15-17 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.”
- Fruit of the Spirit! – Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
- Desire to obey God – When Moses met God in the burning bush (Exodus 3) he (Moses) desired to obey God so much, that he risked punishment for murder (Moses killed a guy before he fled Egypt) and with a stutter he went to confront Pharaoh who was the most powerful ruler in the world at that time. God spoke to Jeremiah and he watched as his people are captured and enslaved by Babylon and the destruction of his home. The apostle Paul went from sending Christians to prison or death to preaching the Gospel to Gentiles! When we recognize the greatness of God, we desire to obey Him but we still have to choose to obey.
- Desire to spend time with God – One word: Disciples. Read the Gospels. The disciples hung out with Jesus 24/7. They couldn’t get enough of Him. They followed Him all over the place! They recognized the greatness of God in Jesus Christ and they just wanted to be with Him all the time.
- Desire to let God run your life – This one is hard and it fits in with obedience. We’re taught to make our lives into something. I don’t know about you, but anytime that I try to make my life into something, it usually doesn’t turn out right. But when I let God handle my life, it turns out great in the end, even when the process is difficult. Read about how Abraham and Sarah tried to help God with His plans for them (Genesis 16).
- Freedom – Freedom to be you. When we recognize the greatness of God, what He has done for us, who He says that we are (children of the King of Kings), with purpose and power, made unique on purpose – then we become free to be exactly who God created us to be.
The most important thing about change to remember is that we have to be willing to let God change us. God will not force us to change, that’s why some people call themselves Christian but don’t act like it. God wants to change us, but we have to invite Him to do it even when it’s hard.
Psalm 19:11 – By them [Word of God] is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
Written by Jenn Arman