What About the Change?

Change Ahead(1)

If anyone is in Christ he/she are a new creation the old is gone, the new has come….

This is a community empowered like no other then or since to change the world in which we live by being changed ourselves. Ken Costa

One of my favorite songs of all time is Steven Curtis Chapman’s “The Change.”
In the song Steven lists all of the things that every “good Christian needs”. He talks about how we naturally think the world revolves around us and then makes this statement
“cause if God’s spirit lives inside of me yeah
I’m gonna live life differently”.
What about the change?

The cross was a pivotal moment in history.
But it was more than a historic event that we celebrate on Easter Sunday.
The cross was the beginning of the change for all mankind-the greatest reversal ever known: the place where sin, death, and the powers of this world were defeated, once and for all.
We can choose as many do to reject the cross as wishful thinking, or even a lie. And live a life diminished by sin, ultimately standing before God with no excuse.
We can choose to accept it and the cross becomes the pivotal moment that begins the change in our lives.
The cross that provides redemption for our sins, the resurrection that brings abundant life now, eternal life in the world to come, and the promise of the Holy Spirit that makes 2nd Cor. 5:17, a reality.
“If anyone be in Christ” the old is gone the new has come. This brings about the change we all desperately need.
We are called to impact the world, to be in it not of it. Helping those we can reach to conform to the message of the Good News.
But in order to do so the change must first take hold in our lives. For the cross to be a victory, its power must give us the strength to face the demands and pressures of life’s battles and to understand at a deeper level the nature of those battles. We need to be released into fulfilled lives of sacrifice, service, love, and purpose—to be agents of change in the world.
Ken Costa in his devotional
“Strange Kingdom-Mediatations on the Cross” suggests that it first begins with us. And perhaps this is the moment we, you and I need to ask God to come and bring about the change in us that will enable us to be the change we pray for.

Prayer:
The cross stands above it all. Lord, today, I want to be reoriented. I stand, with all who follow you, at the foot of the towering cross, and I allow its power to reach wide and deep into every corner of my life that I might be oriented away from the self and reach out with power, purpose, love, and grace wherever you may call me,
amen.

Lyrics from The Change
Steven Curtis Chapman

Songwriters: Al Arnado / Sean Chapman / Moises Juarez / John David Mcewan / Matthew Ryan Mcewan

The Change lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management US, LLC

Excerpts from: Strange Kingdom- Meditations on the Cross
Ken Costa

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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