A True World Changer
A couple of months back I had a dream where I was preaching on Acts 1:8.
Here's the verse: Jesus said to His disciples, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
In the middle of the preaching, this declaration came bursting out of me like a battering ram, "Only dead men can change the world!!!" and then I woke up.
There are many ways of defining a "world changer." But I believe a true "world changer" is someone whose life makes an impact not just for "good" but for "God." Only God can change a heart and when hearts change the world truly changes. While there are many good causes in the world, the cause of Christ must become our top priority. Good deeds apart from the gospel are temporal. "Be Kind" is a popular phrase used by many good people who are trying to spread positivity. I praise God for that, but I believe a better motto, one that can make an eternal difference in a life is "Be Kingdom." If you'll "be kingdom" you'll "be kind" and so much more.
In Acts 17:6, Paul and Silas were labeled as "these who have turned the world upside down." Paul and Silas were true "world changers."
So, the question remains, how did they turn the world upside down? How did Paul and Silas change the world?
First things first - they died to self.
Check out Jesus' call to follow Him: Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?" Matthew 16:24-26 NLT
If you are trying to gain the world you will never change the world. If you haven't "died to self" or let me say it another way, "turned from your selfish ways" you will never live a life of Kingdom impact and advance the cause of Christ. You'll get trapped in a people-pleasing cycle and shrink back from sharing the truth. You'll be a friend of compromise not a friend of Christ. You'll care more about fitting in than living on fire. We need the power of the Holy Spirit that comes through the baptism of the Holy Spirit to truly be a witness that is unashamed of the gospel. If we're going to reach the world we can't be conformed by it.
Paul and Silas were "all in" for the cause of Christ, are you? They didn't just practice "kindness" they lived "Kingdom" and many will live forever in Heaven because of it.
We need the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God to pierce through the demonic lies of culture and this is definitely not popular. It never has been and it never will be. Darkness hates light. But this isn't anything new. The Apostle Paul faced this as well. That's why he said, in Galatians 1:10 "Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant."
Jesus did say, "No one can serve two masters." This truth was real in Paul's life. Pleasing God was his main focus.
The world is in need of bold believers who are fully surrendered to the Lord. The world needs "world changers." The days of fitting in and being cool and hip are over. People are perishing. They are being destroyed by the enemy daily. It's time to rise up with voices of triumph and share Jesus with the world.
We need preachers and prophets that carry God's heart for a lost and broken humanity, not candy-coated sermons that feed self. If your sermons are feeding selfishness they are demonic in nature. Sermons that feed selfishness are from satan. Satan was all about himself and that anti-Christ spirit has crept into much of the Church. (see Isaiah 14:12-14)
Let me help you with some gospel truth. You want to have a better marriage, "die to self." You want to have better family relationships, "die to self." You want to be a better employee, "die to self." You want God to use you, "die to self." You want to get clean and sober, "die to self." You want to stop watching porn, "die to self." You want to find true happiness, "die to self." You want to truly change the world, "die to self." "Self" is the issue.
Many practice kindness to draw attention to themselves, but when you live Kingdom your life is about pointing others to Christ.
Life isn't all about - YOU!
And the world doesn't revolve around - YOU!
DIE TO SELF!!!
The Apostle Paul put it this way, "I die daily" (See 1 Cor. 15:31.) Dying to self is the daily act of surrendering to Christ as Lord. Surrender was never meant to be a one-time event but a lifestyle. Your initial surrender connects you to Christ when you repent of your sins and place your faith in Him, but it's the daily surrender that keeps your eyes on the Lord. Those who are looking at Jesus are not looking at themselves. Only dead men/women can change the world.
Come out of selfie-ville and surrender all to the Lord. World Changers are not held captive by the fear of man. The flame they carry cannot be contained. May that same fire burn within you!
Written by Travis Habbershon