The Power Within
In a sermon I gave towards the end of last year, I was reflecting on all of those people I read about in the Bible that encounter Jesus. They meet him, he heals them or someone they love, or he feeds them, or whatever it is; when they meet him, they are always changed.
And then they disappear from the story. We never get the chance to know how their being changed in that moment of encounter effected them in the future.
And perhaps that's not the important thing, anyway. Maybe the important thing is that encountering Jesus - encountering God through Jesus - should never leave us unchanged. He most certainly changed the lives of those around him in such a powerful way that I'm here writing about him over 2,000 years later.
So what that says to me is that Jesus is, among many things, an agent of compassionate, life-affirming change. If we receive what he offers, we won't be the same.
What that also says to me, if I listen to Jesus and take him seriously, is that I am capable of being just as powerful an agent of change as he is. Not only that, he challenges me to be so in the way I live my life for the betterment of everyone.
He asks it of all that would say they follow him. Its amazing, powerful, scary, inspiring stuff.
And each of us is capable of it.
What's one thing that changes people?