Move Your Heart
by Rob Dunne
Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:51
Under other circumstances, this was no big deal. However, the family’s future in the music industry was in jeopardy. Greg thought about cutting his brother out of the group, but his parents’ wisdom and insight helped him realize the importance of family unity. He quickly went to work on writing a new song that would take advantage of the quirky transition Peter was facing. Rather than treating it as a liability, they used his cracking voice to their advantage and incorporated it in to the song. The Brady’s were a success!
Like Peter’s voice, life is constantly subject to change. People close to us move away. You are blessed with a promotion at work. Your best friend gets married. The pastor who has taught you the Word of God may retire or be called to shepherd a new congregation. Many people resist or downright hate change. They fail to see the benefit of it in their lives.
A day is coming when we as believers will experience the ultimate change. This will not be a gradual change; it will happen in an instant. Previously deceased believers will rise from their graves and get their glorified bodies. Likewise, those of us fortunate enough to be alive when Jesus returns will immediately be changed and become like Him. Every follower of Christ, past and present, will gather in the clouds and meet Jesus face to face. What a day that will be!
I used to be very pre-occupied with the return of Jesus. While I believe that those who eagerly await His return will receive blessings in the age to come, such anticipation can be a distraction. If we see Jesus’ return as a means of escaping life’s difficulties, we will miss the point of the Christian life. God expects us to change. He wants us to become love so that we can love others. Our willingness to love even in the most difficult of circumstances is what reveals the heart of God to the world.
In the re-worked song, Peter sang, “When it’s time to change you’ve got to rearrange. Move your heart to what your gonna be.” The lyrics of this song are curiously prophetic. As we anticipate the change from our mortal bodies in to our glorified ones, we need to properly arrange our priorities and allow the Holy Spirit to stir up love in our hearts and move us in the direction of becoming love. If we do this, then the Lord will find a worthy bride upon His soon return!
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