This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace. Colossians 1:6 (NLT)
In April of 2009, we began to hear about something called the swine flu outbreak. What is believed to have started in Mexico spread around the world. In a report given by the World Health Organization, by July 2009 the confirmed cases of swine flu had reached 94,512 including 429 deaths.
Paul saw an epidemic during his time on planet earth, but it wasn’t one related to disease or viruses. In a letter he wrote to the people of Colossi, he let them know that a Jesus epidemic was spreading throughout the world. The Good News that Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of sins was spreading like a pandemic.
Health officials were diligent about letting people know the symptoms of swine flu, so folks could know if they had contracted the disease. In today’s passage, Paul talks about the main symptom of those who are infected with the grace of God and are truly believers… they are experiencing a changed life.
Jesus didn’t die on the cross to excuse our current lifestyle but to forgive it and change it. Our life in Christ should be a consistent and ongoing process of our lives changing from what we desire to what God desires. Our actions, our attitudes, our goals, our dreams, our desires… all these will continue to change because Jesus has changed our hearts on the inside.
Personal Application- What about you? Are you showing the symptoms of change? Have you really been infected with the Good News? Is the Good News spreading around the world because of you, or are you in quarantine? God wants his Good News to change lives all over the world… and you and I are called to be its carriers.
Home Application- How are you helping family members to spread the Good News about Jesus? If you have kids, are you encouraging them to invite a friend to church by offering to drive them? Are you willing to help host a block party at your home with your spouse? Talk to those in your home about teaming up to spread the Good News about Jesus.
Today’s devo written by Jeff Humphrey
Who has your changing life impacted lately?