Changes Both Heart and Life

Luke 15:8-10. “Or what woman, if she owns ten silver coins and loses one of them, won’t light a lamp and sweep the house, searching her home carefully until she finds it? When she finds it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, joy breaks out in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who changes both heart and life.”

I’ve read this passage many times. I’ve heard countless sermons on this passage and the verses preceding it about lost sheep. Great sermons on recovering the lost. Yet today, for the very first time, I saw, “sinner who changes both heart and life.”

The change of heart is a one time experience. It happens in a moment. It is like a traveler who comes to an intersection along the road and decides to change direction and destination. That is a change of heart.

The change of life is an ongoing process. Traveling the new and unfamiliar road will have some challenges. There will be barren hills to climb, dark valleys to pass through.  Sudden unexpected curves may cause doubts. Fog may obscure the road ahead. However, there will also be spectacular views from the mountain height and lush valleys teaming with beauty. There will be bright sunny days when all is well with the soul. The change of life is a day to day and moment to moment commitment to the new destination.

Wherever

Read: Matthew 28:19.    So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Think:  Does this sound like a suggestion to you? It is not! It is a command. The command was issued by Jesus to his disciples and, by extention, to all Christians. “Wherever you go” does not mean that you need to go to a foreign country (unless God so calls you). It means everywhere you are, home, work, school, shopping, clubs, restaurants – wherever you find yourself is your mission field. 

Pray:  Lord Jesus, give me opportunity to make disciples in every situation. Give me strength, courage, love, and words to further your kingdom wherever I am. Amen.

Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord

Read:  1st Chronicles 16:8-12.     O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works.  Glory in his holy name;  let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.  Seek the Lord and his strength,  seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works he has done,  his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,

Think: David wrote psalms and sang songs to the Lord. I’m not a great singer but I carry music within me. Throughout the day people will comment on my whistling. Most of the time I’m unaware that I’m whistling. When pointed out, I will realize that I’m most likely to be whistling a hyme or praise tune. My inner spirit becomes so filled with God’s goodness that it has to burst forth with praise.

Pray:  Lord, thank you for the wonderful things you have done. I give you all glory and will praise you while I have breath in my body. Amen.