"The Effects of a Christian: Changing Lives"

Father in Jesus Name I pray that You give me the ability to change the world for Your names sake and for Jesus’ glory. Father speak to me through this in Jesus Name. Amen.

When it comes to being a Christian we are designed to change the entire world for Jesus Christ.  You may say “I can’t change the world” but you can change the world around you.  Let’s take a look at someone who changed the world around them for the glory of God; Joseph.

“When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. The LORD was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potiphar noticed this and realized that the LORD was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned. From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master's household and property, the LORD began to bless Potiphar's household for Joseph's sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished.” (Genesis 39:1-5) New Living Translation

 

There’s no doubt about it when Joseph was betrayed by his brothers he was hurt by their reaction and was probably immediately bitter and un-forgiving. I think all of would be.  The Bible says that we are all men of like passions. (James 5:17) So the feelings Joseph had would be similar to ours. The Bible says he was sold into slavery. Joseph’s life in the Old Testament mimics the Lord Jesus Christ closest more so than any others, nobody else can compare.  He was rejected by his brothers just as Jesus was rejected by the Children of Israel. The Bible says “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” (John 1:11) and Joseph was sold for money, Jesus was betrayed for money. Joseph was sold for twenty pieces of silver (Genesis 37:28) and Jesus was sold for thirty pieces of silver. The Bible says “Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders.” (Matthew 27:3) Joseph wasn’t recognized by his brothers (Genesis 41-44) until they were taken away and they were brought back to Egypt and in the same way Jesus and the Jewish nation won’t realize who Jesus is until the rapture of the Church. (Romans 11:9-12) The Book of Revelation is clear that the Jewish people will see the Messiah as Jesus Christ.

Jesus said "You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead it is put on the lampstand, where it gives light for everyone in the house.  In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)

So it’s clear, God wants us to be world-changers and people who alter the atmosphere of wherever we are.  God wants us to be used to change lives and win souls. God already has those things stored up for us because the Bible says in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” So we have all of these good works that we are lined up to do and if we are truthful we have let many of them slip by and slide through our hands, but that is ok because it gives us the knowledge “man I missed it, but next time I won’t.” God has given us gifts (1 Peter 4:10) and through those gifts we come into the knowledge of our purpose and Gods plan for our lives. Whenever we begin to use our gifts we come into a greater knowledge of what God desires of us. Do you know what your gift is? If you do you and you are using it you are closer to your purpose than you think. However, there is no greater level of satisfaction than to come into the awareness that what you are doing for Jesus is what God wanted to do in the first place.  God is with you and for you.  Use what you have to change the world around you, that’s what He wants.

Father in Jesus Name I come to You and ask You to bless me to bless others. Lord, let my life glorify You and help me to do those good works not to make me be more loved by You because you love supremely but because You have made me to do great things for You. Lord, when we are ready and prepared call us into a higher level of service and ministry and until then continue to work in us in Jesus Name. Amen.

"We can only change the world if we have a heart for the world and deliver the message for the world. We can only change the world if we evangelize the world." - Jerry Falwell