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What If God Changed Everything?

What If God Changed Everything?

Mike Rhoades | Aug 6, 2015

What if God changed everything? What if He took you in your most compliant state and reshaped the fabric of who you are? It's what we all really want; it's why we do what we do. Sunday worship, small group meetings, and yes, even mission trips. They all exist because on some level we've experienced and tasted what life can be like when we let God change us into something new. We want more of it. We want others to experience more of it. Ephesians 5:1-2 says, "Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loves us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God." It's fascinating that Paul uses the words "pleasing aroma" to describe the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. An event that changed everything is described as an aroma, not a violent takeover, but a pleasing aromatic shift in the atmosphere. Are we, as Christ followers, a pleasant shift in the atmosphere when we enter a room? The Barna Group recently released a study on young people and their views on faith. Interestingly, young Christians are growing deeper in their faith and more bold about their beliefs. Inversely, those who no longer profess faith are growing increasingly tired of religion and at times are even offended by religious statements. The lesson taken from the research is simple. People aren't responding well to evangelism but are increasingly impacted when a friend experiences life change. Lives are being changed in the intimacy of friendship. Let our lives be a pleasing aroma of the Gospel in the lives of those we care most about.

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