Be The Change You Want To See

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Are you willing and ready to be the change the world needs?

The real question is. . .are you willing to change regardless of what other people think or the consequences that will happen around you?

Exodus 2:14 in the New Living Translation says:

“The man replied, “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?”  Then Moses was afraid, thinking, “Everyone knows what I did.”

Moses wanted to change the plight of the children of Israel.  In a fit of moral outrage he slayed an Egyptian who was beating an Israelite.

As he began to fully realize the implications of his actions. . .he knew things were going to change.

There are times when we want change to come but we must also be willing to consider the consequences of our actions.

Despite spending years on the backside of the desert . . . running from and making excuses to God . . . Moses was used to led the children of Israel through the wilderness for forty years until he delivered them to the door of the Promised Land.

Exodus 3:17-20 in the New Living Translation says:

“I have promised to rescue you from your oppression in Egypt. I will lead you to a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live.”’

18 “The elders of Israel will accept your message. Then you and the elders must go to the king of Egypt and tell him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. So please let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord, our God.’

19 “But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand forces him. 20 So I will raise my hand and strike the Egyptians, performing all kinds of miracles among them. Then at last he will let you go.”

The question for each of us. . .is whether we’re willing to do what’s necessary to bring change into our lives.

Are we willing to take classes at the community college or online to update and sharpen our skillset?

Are we willing to alter our TV viewing. . .Internet surfing. . .mall window shopping. . .watching and attending sporting events. . .patterns of behavior to make room for the changes necessary to redirect our focus and our destiny?

Change will come into your life. . .either you initiate it or you experience someone else’s vision of your future.

I’m confident that God has given you instructions on being the change He wants in the world.  We don’t have to wonder about what God would have us do with our lives.

Jeremiah 1:5-9 in the Amplified Bible says:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am only a youth.

7 But the Lord said to me, Say not, I am only a youth; for you shall go to all to whom I shall send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.

8 Be not afraid of them [their faces], for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.

9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.”

Jeremiah, like Moses, was full of excuses. . .but God put the words in His mouth that would through the years cause him to put pressure on the Word.

Isaiah 55:11 in the Amplified Bible says:

“So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

When you press the Word. . .it will accomplish what it promised.  As you press the Word. . .the windows of heaven will open up and pour you out a blessing that you can’t contain.

The Message Bible translation of Isaiah 55:11 says:

“So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They'll do the work I sent them to do, they'll complete the assignment I gave them.”

When our assignment here on planet earth is complete. . .we will transition to heaven.

Have you ever thought about who you want to meet in heaven”

Frankly, I have a list of people I want to talk with in heaven and some of them might surprise you.

For instance, I want to share a glass of iced tea with the centurion who broke tradition and endangered his own life to save Paul.

Acts 27:43 says:

“But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land:”

While the Bible does not record the centurion’s name. . .he is memorialized in scripture and demonstrated the character and courage we should all wish to emulate.

In my mind, I can see the centurion giving God all the praise, honor and glory.

One of the other folks I want to talk with is the head angel in Luke 2:14 in the Amplified Bible which says:

“Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased [[a]men of goodwill, of His favor].”

Of all the angels in heaven. . .can you imagine what it would have been like to be the one who got to announce the birth of Jesus?

This angel didn’t take any glory. . .but simply said “Glory to God.”

There are events when God turns adversity into triumph. . .defeat into victory.  What the enemy means for harm. . .God always turns to good.

Romans 9:17 in the Amplified Bible says:

“For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, I have raised you up for this very purpose of displaying My power in [dealing with] you, so that My name may be proclaimed the whole world over.”

God’s power, fame and justice were spread throughout the earth because of the hardened heart of Pharaoh.

Here’s what we have to know. . .if the enemy is trying to trip you up and bounce you around like a basketball. . .breath deep. . .relax and start praising God because victory is coming your way.

It’s also important to get your focus off your needs and put it on the needs of someone else.

Galatians 6:10 in the Amplified Bible says:

“So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].”

We learn to do good for others by following the teaching and actions of our Heavenly Father.

Isaiah 48:17 in the New Century Version says:

“This is what the Lord, who saves you, the Holy One of Israel, says: "I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to do what is good, who leads you in the way you should go.”

The nature of any adversity we face should never keep us from doing good for others, especially, those who are brothers and sisters in the Lord.

There is no question in my mind that doing good for others is a major part of the divine fulfillment of our purpose.

In other words, the reason you’re breathing on planet earth. . .is so you can do good for the people God puts in your path.  Proverbs 3:27 says:

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so.” 

And here’s the bottom line. . .you will never know when the good you do for someone will affect the world for generations to come.

Have you ever heard of Edward Kimball, J. Wilbur Chapman or Mordecai Ham?

Let me ask you about three other men.

Have you ever heard of Dwight L. Moody, Billy Sunday and Billy Graham?

Of course, you have.  As Paul Harvey would say. . .now let’s hear the rest of the story.

Sunday School teacher Edward Kimball helped lead Dwight L. Moody to Christ;

J. Wilbur Chapman was converted at a Dwight L. Moody evangelistic meeting;

Billy Sunday was converted at a Chapman meeting;

Mordecai Ham was converted at Billy Sunday meeting; and Billy Graham was converted at a Ham meeting.

You’ve probably never heard of these three men. . .but they became the change God wanted them to be.

You may never know the full benefits of the good acts you do hear on planet earth. . .but they will be known by all mankind in heaven.

When you become the change you want to be. . .things change.