It’s pretty common for people to say that this-and-that or so-and-so could never change.
But when I hear people speak like that, I tell them that I’m in the change business!
I know that people and things do change, even though it often seems humanly impossible.
We see it most clearly when we witness a person’s conversion to Christ, when they go from being enemies with God to being friends with Jesus… and their life is turned upside down.
As they say, it doesn’t always happen overnight, but it will happen!
Some of the most dramatic life-changing experiences were seen when Jesus walked on earth, and when people came to him, they had their lives turned upside down.
One of the most famous stories was when Jesus met Zacchaeus, as recorded in Luke chapter 19.
He was the chief tax collector and had become rich through his corrupt work.
When Jesus saw him, he called him by name and said, “I must be a guest in your home today.” (Luke 19:5).
After Jesus called him by name, Zacchaeus, “took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy” (verse 6), and he told Jesus, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” (verse 8).
When Zacchaeus met Jesus, his life was changed completely.
Jesus explained what happened, saying, “Salvation has come to this home today” (verse 9).
When it comes to dramatic life changes, never say never!
As we start a new year, it’s time for us to pray that 2022 sees many people have a dramatic change in their life as they come to know Jesus and understand how good it is to be forgiven and to have hope.
May this change be seen in the lives of many in our village, valley and region!