I love hearing stories of how people’s lives have changed because they found God. I love those stories because it is evidence of the powerful God we serve and the way he is working in us.
When I think about myself, I think about the middle school days when I was trying so hard to fit in. My identity was rooted in the group of friends I surrounded myself with and the boys who liked me. When I look at my life now, my identity in my Christ and how I am a daughter of Christ. I can’t help but tell people about how Jesus has changed my life and my heart.
How has your heart changed since you’ve known Jesus?
In the Bible, we see examples of how people’s hearts have changed. Let’s look at Saul.
So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. Afterward he ate some food and regained his strength. Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days. Immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues saying, “he indeed is the Son of God.” All who heard him were amazed, “isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus followers in Jerusalem?” they asked. “And didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them into chains to the leading persists?” Saul’s preaching became more and more powerful, and the Jews in Damascus couldn’t refute his proofs that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. Acts 9:17-22
I love this verse because Saul had a change of heart. He used to talk bad about the church, kill Christians and had a hardened heart. But once when he knew Jesus, he started to spread the Gospel. Here are a few things that happen when we have a change of heart because of Christ:
When you have a change of heart, people around you start to notice the Holy Spirit living in you – What I love about this verse is that people were asking “isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus followers in Jerusalem?” He had a change of heart and everyone couldn’t help but point it out.
When you have a change of heart, you can’t help but spread the good news of Christ – After Saul was healed, he went to spread how amazing Christ is and the good works he has done in our life. This is the same with us. When we truly know God, we can’t help but spread the news about our perfect God and the things he has done for us.
When you have a change of heart, people around you start to have a change of heart too – Although, you can’t save someone yourself, we are called to spread an aroma of Christ. Christians are the best representation of Christ on earth, and therefore we have a job to reflect who he is. And when we do, people will start to think, “she’s not perfect, but she has strength and knows she is loved despite her heartaches. I wish that could be the same for me.” People will want to start doing what you’re doing.
In the same way, this is what happened with the Jews. The Jews hated Jesus, and put harsh laws on him. But this verse tells us, “Saul’s preaching became more and more powerful, and the Jews in Damascus couldn’t refute his proofs that Jesus was indeed the Messiah.”
This is something that I have seen in my life. I have had friends, who saw me preaching the good works of Christ and noticing the joy I felt when I found Jesus again. They started to come to church with me, reading the Bible, and asking questions about who Jesus was. They are now my sisters in Christ and reflecting Jesus because of the change of heart they’ve had.
When I reflect on my life, these three points have been recurrent in my walk with Jesus and how he is changing my heart everyday. Although, I am still a messy gal who sins a lot, Jesus is continuing to work in my heart (and he will continue to do his work until I can join him in Heaven). We are still a work in progress, but we will press forward to the goal of becoming purified.