A change in life means different things to different people. To some it may mean living in a different place, having a new job, physical changes as one ages etc. There is another change that every person needs to make. That is a change in focus – focusing God. If one truly desires to follow God there have to be some changes made. Some people are caught up with the “what’s in it for me” mentality. That has to change, for the entire idea God has shown to man is “to love and to give”.
Many miss this point and only what they can get out of religion.
If one is truly converted to the Lord, they have seen and are seeing a change in life. No longer do they have the attitude of the man in Luke 12. He spent all his time doing things for himself and left God out of the picture.
God asked him a question, “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:20, 21). The truly converted realize that all blessings come from God and that they are only for a season. Many have the idea that they do everything without help from anyone or anything, evidently they have never stopped to think about the air they are breathing. God provides everything for life and godliness, (2 Peter 1:3).
Those who seek to please God have come to realize what Jesus meant when He said, “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matt. 16:24 – 26). No longer does self-come first, rather God comes first, then others. They are willing to serve others instead of waiting to be served. They give to God and others instead of seeing how much they can get. They are following in the steps of Jesus.
Spend time in the Bible, for it is the directions left to man by God. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim. 3:16, 17).
Wanting to be a follower implies the desire to do as God desires, one must go beyond just studying the word to obeying the word.
God has told man what he must do. In the book of Acts when the law of Christ came into being, one finds examples to follow. Those preachers taught their listeners to have faith in Jesus that He was the resurrected Son of God, to turn or repent of their sins, to confess Jesus as the Son of God and then to be baptized for the remission of their sins, to begin living for God faithfully.
This is the same message man must obey today. God has not changed but men must change their lives and thoughts to be true followers of God.