You’ve heard it said that God wants to change your life.
You may have heard it said that…
God loves you just the way you are but He loves you too much to leave you that way.
That’s why He sent Jesus. He knew our hearts were broken by sin . . . we needed a Savior .
We needed Jesus so that we might have new changed hearts.
I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.Ezekiel 36:26
I will never forget when I realized I was broken by sin. I had been so busy trying to check all of the “good Christian” boxes, I didn’t realize I was probably more of a good Pharisee than I was a good follower of Jesus.
For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.Matthew 5:20
The Life Application Bible Notes add the following:
Our righteousness must (1) come from what God does in us, not what we can do ourselves, (2) be God-centered, not self-centered, (3) be based on reverence for God, not approval from people.
God cares about the attitude of our hearts!
I want to share with you the two things the Lord used to change my heart:
♥ He helped me understand that no matter how hard I try . . . I am a sinner!
Sinners need a Savior. No matter what we do to be “good Christians,” it is impossible for us to be good enough on our own.
When I realized that as absolute truth . . . I gave God my heart and asked Him to heal me and change me.
And that’s when…
♥ He showed me how much very much He loves sinners.
So much so, that He sent our Savior Jesus.
Who said, “Follow me and I will change you.”
He didn’t say, “Change and then you can follow me.”
He said that His perfect, complete, unconditional, unchanging, unending, victorious love has the power to change hearts and lives.
I realized that it was not about me. Not then. Not now. Not ever.
It’s about Jesus!
And when I changed my focus from me to Jesus . . . my heart began to change. I started to fear less and trust more, to compare less and love more, to worry less and hope more.
Let us put everything out of our lives that keeps us from doing what we should. Let us keep running in the race that God has planned for us. Let us keep looking to Jesus. Our faith comes from Him and He is the One Who makes it perfect.Hebrews 12:1b–2a (NLV)
Have you ever known someone who “tried” Christianity, but gave up because they didn’t feel:
- good enough?
- like they fit in?
That’s an opportunity to tell them our story. Tell them how Jesus changed our hearts . . . not to make us “good Christians” but to show the world His love.
“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.John 15:8–12
A Prayer for a Changed Focus and a Changed Heart
Father God, thank you for loving sinners, like me. Jesus, thank you for showing us the Father’s love. Spirit, thank you for revealing the Lord’s love to us.
Jesus said, that He didn’t “come to save those who think they are righteous but those who know they are sinners.” (Mark 2:17) Please forgive me for ever thinking I was righteous . . . that I was “good.” I’m not and I never have been. I am a sinner in need of Your mercy and grace. I need Jesus.
Thank you for showing me the blessing of focusing my heart and mind on Jesus. Thank you for showing me that when I surrender myself and make Jesus the center of my life, You change me inside and out. You remove my guilt and shame, worry and fear, burdens and bondage and replace it with forgiveness and healing, courage and strength, freedom and peace.
I give myself to You. Please help me focus my all on Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.
If you don’t mind me asking . . . where’s your focus?
Is it on…
- being good?
- being happy?
- being successful?
- being loved?
Is it on…
- your family?
- your career?
- your health?
- your finances?
- your problems?
There’s nothing wrong with thinking about any of those things as long as they are not your focus. Because when you and I want to have peace, joy, hope, love, and countless other blessings . . . we need to keep looking to Jesus the One who makes faith possible and perfect.
May He be with you and may He be the focus of your heart today, tomorrow, and always.
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