by: Brian Burgess, CKM Speaker
Over the past five years, I have met a large number of people who have asked me if I think “Real Life Change” can occur. This group includes students, parents, business owners, and yes, even ministers. It seems that all of them see individuals who put their trust in Christ, but never followed through on the life change.
I get asked the question about “Real Life Change” because I am an Evangelist. I believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the centerpiece to “Real Life Change.” As an Evangelist, I call people to trust Christ and turn from their sin for “Real Life Change.”
So here is the question, if Christ can change you, then why are there so many that say, “I have trusted Christ as my Savior and Lord," but few with a real changed life?
The Bible knows the validity of this question. The Bible knows that not all who come to Jesus are willing to follow Jesus. Not all who start will finish, and not all who say, “Lord, Lord,” will enter into His Kingdom. So how are we changed? How do we live the change? How can I be changed forever?
KNOW WHO YOU ARE
The first step in being changed is to know who you are. I am a sinner. I constantly, from birth, choose my way over God’s. In Christ I am no longer a sinner, but I am being changed.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 reads, “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God with your body.” (ESV)
God bought me out of sin with the most expensive price, Jesus! I no longer belong to myself. I belong to Him. I am His. So daily living now is lead by Jesus!!
KNOW WHAT IS REQUIRED
Jesus requires obedience. I have been rescued from the power of sin to live a free life in the power of Christ. Now this freedom is not mine to determine. This freedom is found in His Word. As I know God’s Word, I will know more of what my obedience to Him should look like. Study the WORD!!!
HAVE A PLAN TO RESIST QUITTING
As I live devoted to Christ, I will become aware of the areas that draw me to “quit the change.” Weaknesses that drive me back to old ways will make themselves known everyday. Just like a bullies on the playground, you can either run or face them. You must do the same with these weaknesses. Identify them, study God’s word to see how He destroys them, and stand your ground till weakness no longer exists. I have a list of verses that I study daily that deal with my weaknesses. This list has changed from time to time, but I still use it to face the bully of sin.
For example, there are times I struggle with insecurities. On my list is Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (ESV) My insecurities can be real but I will attack them with truth. Insecurity says, “no one likes you,” but truth says, Jesus loves you and you have solid friends. Stand your ground. Resist quitting. You are new!
“It is not good for man to be alone,” (Genesis 2:18). God spoke these words to Adam right after he gave him the command to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Even in a perfect environment, God knew His children needed companions in obedience. You have to have someone who knows Jesus as Savior and Lord, and wants to live for Him. Open up to that person. Give them freedom to ask you the tough questions about your obedience to Jesus. Like a good workout partner, you will be able to push one another and see better gains in your walk with Jesus. You cannot travel this journey alone. You must have an accountability partner.
Change is possible in Jesus. Let Jesus change you! Stay the course. Quitting is not an option for you!
About the Author: Brian was saved at the age of 14 and surrendered to ministry at 16. He travels and speaks to churches, public schools, summer camps and universities all over the United States. Brian has an amazing story of Christ transforming him from a rebellious teenager into a man who is passionate about God. He clearly communicates the timeless principles of God’s Word with effective zeal and enthusiasm.
He is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a B.A. in Religious Studies and a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Studies.
Brian is married to Angie Burgess and they have three boys. They enjoy working out, camping, traveling the world, and riding motorcycles. It is Brian’s desire that their life, family, and ministry will so accurately reflect God’s grace and power that they may encourage and enrich your ministry.
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