The Kingdom Culture Brings a Complete Change
By Greg Sanders
Jesus Brings Total Change
There are a lot of gimmicks in the world today that promise complete change. They say things like, “Take this pill, join this gym, prescribe to this method and you too can experience life change.” Real life change happens one way. Real life change occurs as we welcome the culture of heaven into our lives. Jesus taught this principle in Matthew 13:33.
Matthew 13:33 Jesus also used this illustration: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”
The purpose of that little bit of yeast was to change everything it came in contact with. Can I tell you what the purpose of the gospel of Jesus really is? It is not to make your life better, though it does. The purpose of the gospel is not to just add a new dimension to your existence, though it does that also. The purpose of the gospel, or the purpose of Jesus, is to transform us into a completely different person.
The Kingdom starts small. (A little yeast) So small someone might not notice, but it works throughout your life. That is why the Word says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! Adding Jesus does not just enrich your life…it is a total transformation.
The Kingdom of God is so potent and powerful that it just takes one encounter to transform all that it comes into contact with. The purpose of the Kingdom is to transform you into something greater and something different than you have ever experienced before.
Don’t under estimate the power of what God has put in you or fear the transformation He is making. What if the gospel changes me into what I don’t want to be? So many times we think that when the Kingdom comes God is turning us into something foreign. Because let’s be honest, the change He makes in us seems a little foreign. Now that I have welcomed His Kingdom into my life, I don’t do what I used to do. I am not who I used to be. I am longing to hang out with different people than I used to hang out with. I used to think people were crazy for wanting to go to church, but now I am one of the ones that has an internal drawing to go there. I used to think that going to church was something I had to endure, but now I understand what the David meant when He said in Psalm 84:10 For a day in your house is better than a thousand. It is better to be a door-keeper in the house of my God, than to be living in the tents of sin. Something has changed. There is a different culture in my life.
Understand that God is not changing you into something foreign. No, He is transforming you into His original design for your life. He is is not changing you into something you’re not. He is transforming you into what you were always intended to be. Self-discovery does not happen as we venture out and try a thousand different things or ideas. You discover the real you when the gospel enters and He transforms you into what you were always intended to be.
Todays Challenge: God has a unique and rewarding design for your life. Ask the Lord to mold you and change you into His original design. Then follow His plan. His plan may seem foreign, but it is leading you to real transformation, and it’s a transformation towards your real life.