3 Ways God Can Change Your Story
There’s a popular song on the radio called “Changing Your Story” sung by Jekalyn Carr (the song is available on Apple Music and Spotify if you ever want to give it a listen). Carr sings about how the Almighty God can change our story for the better. This article aims to provide you, dear reader, with a Biblical view on three ways God can change your story. Maybe you’re a person who’s aiming to get closer to God, or maybe you have lost your way and are looking for some direction. Whatever the case may be, Yahweh can help you achieve all of those things and so much more. Here are three ways He can change your story.
He can take away your sins
Sin is defined as missing the mark that has been set for us by God (Rom. 3:23). It is also known as lawlessness (1 John 3:4). Engaging in lawlessness means that one has no regard for the law of God and behaves as though it doesn’t exist. James, the Lord’s brother, states that sin is giving in to one’s desires, which brings forth terrible consequences (Jas. 1:14,15). Those who engage in sin can’t be in God’s presence because He is Holy (Isa. 59:1,2; 1 Pet. 1:16). In order to be in a relationship with the Father and have the opportunity to be with Him one day in heaven, something must be done with our sins. Thanks be to God that He provides us with a way to be cleansed of our transgressions through the blood of Jesus! Our Father offered up His best simply because He loves us (John 3:16,17; Rom. 5:6-8). It can be mind-boggling to ponder why God would send His Son to die for people who are selfish, unworthy, unforgiving, nasty, mean, violent, full of hatred, envious, etc. He did it because He is willing to change our story. We are all guilty of sin and hell is reserved for us if we continue therein (1 Cor. 6:9,10; Gal. 5:19-21; Rev. 21:8). In contrast, heaven awaits those who are willing to cast off their sins by coming into contact with the blood of Christ and pursuing to live faithfully for God (Rom. 6:3,4; Rev. 2:10).
He can add you to the best family on earth
When a person obeys the gospel of Jesus through baptism, God will immediately place them into His perfect family, which is the body of Christ (see Acts 2:38, 40-41; 8:13, 22:16; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Gal. 3:26-27). The family of God is made up of people who represent the church of Christ (Matt. 16:18; Acts 9:31; 1 Pet. 2:9). In Ephesians 3:14,15, Paul wrote, “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named” (ESV). God is the Father and Christ is the Son in this spiritual family while Christians have the great pleasure of being recognized as the children (Rom. 8:16; Gal. 3:26). Maybe you don’t have the best earthly family situation and you’re searching for something better. God can change your story by placing you in a family that is filled with love, compassion, forbearance, and just good folks who are helping each other get to heaven (1 Cor. 3:9; Phi. 2:4). The family of God truly is special, and you can benefit by being a member of it if you so desire!
He can change your destiny
What I simply mean here is, God can change our ETERNAL destiny. It’s no small secret that all roads lead to somewhere. I can assure you that the Christian road leads to eternal life. Jesus said in Matthew 7:14, “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (NKJV). Simply put, the way to heaven is not an easy one, but Jesus has promised to be right by our side until the very end (Matt. 28:20). The road is much easier with Him in our corner. The apostle Paul understood this. He was a man who was destined for eternal damnation because he persecuted the family of God (Prov. 16:25; Acts 9:1-5; 1 Cor. 15:9). Even though Paul considered himself a blasphemer and an insolent man before he knew Christ, God saw fit to call him out of darkness and grant him the opportunity to be saved (1 Tim. 1:12-16). My friend, if God could change the apostle Paul’s destiny, what makes you think that He wouldn’t do the same for you? Our Father wants to save us, which is why He sent His only begotten Son to die for the sins of the entire world (John 3:16,17; 1 Tim. 2:3,4). In order for your eternal destiny to change, you must be willing to enter into a faithful relationship with God.
God is more than willing to change your story, but you have to humble yourself and submit to His will to see real change. Don’t think it’s too late to turn your life around for the better. Don’t listen to the naysayers and the idle talkers who don’t want to see you be successful. Imagine if King David would have listened to the person closest to him who thought, “You’re just a shepherd boy--you don’t belong on the battlefield with us. Go back and tend to your sheep” (1 Sam. 17:12-15, 26-28). He probably would not have been moved to slay Goliath or be exalted by God to become the greatest king in Israel. Instead, he trusted in his Creator and so should you if you want your story to be re-written. If you still have breath in your lungs then it’s not too late!