Change is good. Except when it’s change for the sake of change. Then it’s short-sighted, ineffective, and not entirely useful to anyone.
But real change, deep change, heartfelt change, individual change, is its own revolution. And I don’t mean to use the term revolution too lightly. This kind of change is nothing short of a miracle.
Here’s what I have in mind when I talk about this kind of deep, heartfelt change. Paul was a religious man who set out to destroy the church of God (so he hoped) in order to please God (so he thought). And one day, he encountered Jesus. Here’s what he said: “Who are you, Lord?”
Paul goes on to be saved, begins preaching in the synagogue, goes to Arabia, goes back to Damascus, ends up in Jerusalem, and begins his missionary journeys. Thirty years go by, and here is what we find him now writing: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain…My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better [than remaining in the flesh]” (Philippians 1:21, 23).