During a recent conference on Disciple Making, David Platt shared this little analogy that explains when we are saved by God, we can no longer be the same! The Church must be different! David put it this way:
“Everything would be different in these men’s lives (referring to the disciples when they first encountered Jesus), because of this encounter with Jesus—everything! Which is why we know that people who profess to be Christians, but who’s lives look just like the rest of the world, are deceived.
All kinds of people have supposedly made a decision—prayed a prayer, signed a card, walked an aisle, accepted Jesus into their heart—but their lives don’t look any different. They say they’re a Christian, but the reality is, they don’t know this Christ because when you know this Christ, everything begins to change in your life! I heard one preacher put it this way:
Imagine I got here late this morning…then all of sudden I come running out on the stage and I say, ‘I’m sorry I’m here late…I was driving over here on the interstate and I got a flat tire. I got out and fixed the flat tire, but I accidentally stepped out into the middle of the interstate and this Mac Truck hit me head on…and it hurt, but I got up, finished fixing the tire and got back in the car and drove here. So, I apologize for being late.’ If this was the story I told you, you would know one of two things…either:
1. I’m lying, or
2. I’m very deceived. And you know that, because…
…when somebody gets hit by a Mac Truck, they look different than they did before!
Based on that reality, I’m pretty sure I’m on safe ground in saying when a person comes face-to-face with God in flesh, the Savior King and Sovereign Lord, Who reached down into your heart and saved you from the clutches of sin and self, you’re going to look different! You’re going to look really different! Everything changes when you follow this King!”
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