In previous years we heard that off the western coast of Israel there were large deposits of oil, but now they have discovered oil on land.
This doesn’t surprise any of us who support Israel, and believe that God has Israel’s back. When the tide of public opinion seems to swing away from Israel, God comes up with His own support for this nation. I heard Glenn Beck say yesterday that the game changer for America is God, and he clarified that politics will never get us to where we need to go. He concluded that we needed a game changer because we are at a point of no return. In Noah’s day, the game changer was God, and for 120 years Noah listened to God as he build the arc, yet never knowing how this project would end. The same is true today. Many of us have hitched our wagons to the gospel, and believe that God is our game changer. However, what about those who sit in church every week processing the sermon, wondering how it relates to their life. That is why sermons are usually never game changers, they only transfer information about ideas, and identify problems, but they are not game changers. If sermons were game changers, more than 90 million Americans who attend church each week would change our culture overnight. That is just not happening in America today.
Game changer defined:
The expression game changer means the following: an event, idea, or procedure that effects a significant shift in the current manner of doing or thinking about something.
We have to go beyond the sermon in order to create a movement of game changers. Let’s take a look at the Book of Acts and see what happened to make Paul a game changer, and it wasn’t a sermon.
The Conversion of Saul
1But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 5And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”
This was a game changer in the life of the Apostle Paul. Paul met Jesus, and that seems to be the kind of game changer anyone who lives for Jesus must experience if they are going to affect our culture.
Israel has found oil, and that will be a game changer for that country, but what about you? What have you found? Tried of being discouraged in life? Afraid of where this world is heading? Are you struggling with the perplexities of life? What about that same old routine of Bible study, and church attendance, does it ever seem like it’s going to help you to be a game changer? How about asking God to make your life a game changer in your family, your church, or your community? In a world of confusion, and lawlessness, the church needs people who are game changers, and not people who just conform to a set of Christian values that get played out at church. We need to be people who make a difference, at work, and know how to infect a culture with God’s ideas.
I have been challenging people to ask God to make a difference first in their personal lives. For instance, ask God to make you selfless, and have Him examine you for the ways you offend Him. Then ask Him to make you a bold voice proclaiming the truth. Then, ask him for a major personal change in your flawed character, in your ambitions, and your expectations for success. Have Him teach you the meaning of purpose, meaning and fulfillment.
And finally, ask Him to impart His Word into your heart in a bold new way.
I think it’s time for everyone who is a follower of Jesus to be a game changer. Don’t you?
Keeping it honest and truthful…K