Have you ever tried to change a habit?
How did that work out?
Still working on it, eh?
Knowing how hard it is to change anything in ME, I find it amazing that God could use me to bring life-change to someone else!
His power to change me and to use me to bring change to others is a source of thanksgiving for me. And you just never know how much those changes will affect your world!
Many years ago in St. Louis, a lawyer visited a Christian to transact some business. Before the two parted, his client said to him, “I’ve often wanted to ask you a question, but I’ve been afraid to do so.”
“What do you want to know?” asked the lawyer.
The man replied, “I’ve wondered why you’re not a Christian.”
The man hung his head, “I know enough about the Bible to realize that it says no drunkard can enter the kingdom of God; and you know my weakness!”
“You’re avoiding my questions,” continued the believer.
“Well, truthfully, I can’t recall anyone ever explaining how to become a Christian.”
Picking up a Bible, the client read some passages showing that all are under condemnation, but that Christ came to save the lost by dying on the cross for their sins. “By receiving Him as your Substitute and Redeemer,” he said, “you can be forgiven. If you’re willing to receive Jesus, let’s pray together.”
The lawyer agreed, and when it was his turn he exclaimed, “O Jesus, I am a slave to drink. One of your servants has shown me how to be saved. O God, forgive my sins and help me overcome the power of this terrible habit in my life.” Right there he was converted. That lawyer was C.I. Scofield, who later edited the reference Bible that bears his name.
I'm glad that Mr. Scofield took the risk of sharing his faith!
Not only did he add a great blessing to the Kingdom of God and the people of God, but he found the thrill of being used by the Spirit of God to become a life-changer!
Have you known that thrill?
What is keeping you from experiencing the thrill of God's will?