Nathan Del Turco – Worship Pastor
Am I Changing?
I met Jesus when I was young. My parents were pastors and church planters so my childhood memories are littered with church pews, back stages, youth group, and late night worship rehearsals. My wife had a similar upbringing.
I started reading a book recently that made me reflect on these memories. I’ve been reading a book called “Through the Eyes of a Lion” by Levi Lusko. Levi processes some pretty intense stuff in this book. He talks about the death of one of his daughters, the heartache that came with it, and what God is still teaching him in the midst of his loss.
His daughter passed away just a few short days before Christmas when he was scheduled to speak at 9 Christmas services. I don’t know if I could do it…
The title of his message was “Turn off the dark.” He talked about how Jesus came into the world to turn off the darkness. A powerful message if you have the time to watch it.
However, I want to focus on something else from “Through the Eyes of a Lion.” There’s a line in Levi’s book that says, “Live better than you preach.”
This quote has been on my mind a lot lately.
After I read it, I immediately had a conversation with my wife, Stacey. “Do we live better than we preach?” I asked her.
This sparked a lot in us, and it led to more questions.
“Are we growing spiritually as a family?”
“If we looked back a year from today, would we still be in the same place?”
“Are we living our spiritual lives walking in a circle?”
Maybe a better question is “Are we still allowing Jesus to change us?”
The Apostle Paul wrote a letter that we call the Book of Ephesians. This letter sent to the church in Ephesus was, according to most scholars, intended for a much larger audience at the time. It’s believed that this letter was distributed far beyond just the church in Ephesus. Either way, I love the way Paul writes in Ephesians 1:16-20. He’s talking about his hope and prayer for these believers.
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 1:16-20
I think we could camp around this verse for days and barely scratch the surface of it.
Paul is communicating his deep desire for these believers to continue in their faith, not just sit in it.
My takeaway from this passage as I’ve been processing these questions recently is whether or not I’m still letting Jesus change me.
I mean I know I let him change me when I believed and placed my faith in him. However, am I STILL letting him change me?
Like, actually change me?
My thoughts, my motives, my attitude, my heart?
As Christians, this is a critical question.
At the risk of being the writer that leaves you with just the question and no answer, I believe that’s where I must leave you. The reality is that only you can answer this question. Are you growing? Is your relationship with Jesus propelling you forward into new spaces and places, or have you simply thrown on the cruise-control?
If you’re willing, I believe Jesus wants to continue to change you. Whether you grew up in the church or you’re brand new to faith in Jesus, he’s not done with you.
He’s not even close.
So in the words of Paul, may you have the Spirit of wisdom and revelation that you may know Him better. May the eyes of your heart be opened so that you can see clearly all that he has for you.Click here for the photo credit on this post