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Change the World

Read Luke 6: 37-49

"Never criticize or condemn - or it will all come back on you. Go easy on others; then they will do the same for you. For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give - large or small - will be used to measure what is given back to you." Luke 6: 37-38 (TLB)

"So why do you call me 'Lord' when you won't obey me?" Luke 6: 46 (TLB)

Jason John is from New South wales, Australia. Jason and his friend Adam were camping, celebrating Jason's decision to follow Christ. As Jason sat by the campfire, wrestling with the responsibility of his new faith, he felt a firm encouraging hand on his shoulder. Jason knew it was Jesus - Emmanuel, God with us.

Jason once would not have appreciated God's presence with him. When he was young, there was a Christian television ad which claimed that "God might not change your circumstances, but he certainly changes you." Back then Jason didn't want to be changed; he just wanted God to fix things with miracles like those in the Bible.

Only after his fireside encounter with Christ, as he read the whole Bible for himself, did he see beyond the miracles. Jesus expected his followers to live out his teachings by doing for others and choosing God over power. Jason discovered that discipleship means being transformed so that we can help change the world rather than sitting back and waiting for God to change it for us.

Being a Christian means not just saying "Lord, Lord" but doing what Jesus said. Following Christ's teachings is scary sometimes, uncomfortable at others. It can cost us money, jobs, friends, family, even our lives. But God promises to be with us as we walk the way of Christ, being changed ourselves so that we can change the world together.

Prayer: Dear God, as we walk with you, help us continue to change to become more like Christ so that with you we can change the world, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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