The book “Songs of the Deliverer” tells the story of Christ re-imagined in modern day. The book is a work of fiction but the stories and characters are based on the New Testament. These Reflections are written to highlight the Biblical pericopes featured in the second book of the series, Faith Wins, to be published in 2016.
Referenced in Chapter 12
“It’s time to change your life!”
This is the type of message we regularly receive about ways to improve ourselves, to better our circumstances, and to change our lives. But what does it mean to be changed?
You are going about your life conducting your normal and usual activities. And then from the heavens above a light shines upon you. You are bathed in radiance and blinded by brilliance. You hear a voice calling you, but don’t recognize the source. “Who are you?” you ask. The voice answers:
“I am Jesus.” (Acts of the Apostles 9:5)
Would that change you?
It changed Paul. A man who had mercilessly persecuted people for their Christian faith heard the voice and turned and was healed of sin. Through his journey in faith, Paul learned the truth of Jesus Christ. His conversion is the example for how our lives are to be changed:
“I died as far as the law is concerned. I died so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. I don’t live any longer, but Christ lives in me. Now I live my life in my body by faith in the Son of God. (Galatians 2:19 – 20)
Converted by Christ, the apostle Paul dedicated his life to his missionary journeys to make disciples of all people and of every nation. By God’s light, Paul was born again in Christ. We are called to do the same:
“In Christ Jesus you are all children of God by believing in Christ. This is because all of you who were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. You have put him on as if he were your clothes. There is no Jew or Gentile. There is no slave or free person. There is no male or female. That’s because you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26 – 28)
We are children of God and one in Christ.
And forever changed.
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