This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #390 titled, “Are You Ready for a Change?” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
Fueled by unfulfilled promises, unrealized hopes, and increasing difficulties, “It’s time for a change” has become a common theme with both politicians and the general public.
THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES IN THE PAST
Within the recent past, changes have occurred with surprising suddenness. Governments once thought to be stable have been toppled. Financial institutions have failed. Once-successful businesses have collapsed. Even more significantly, the moral fabric of society has been shattered by turning away from God and the principles of His Word, the Bible. The “do what feels good” mentality—casting off restraint and rejecting authority—has broken up families and ruined lives. This is nothing but lawlessness, the essence of sin, which has brought the disillusion, disease, death, and destruction we see all around us.
THERE WILL BE MORE CHANGES
When Jesus Christ prophesied that He would return to earth, He was asked what the signs of His Second Coming would be. He replied, “Ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars…famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
In 2 Timothy 3 in the Bible, we read about the time of apostasy, or “falling away.” This is the result of people deliberately rejecting the truth about Who Jesus is and what He accomplished on the cross of Calvary. 2 Timothy 3:13 says, “Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” This time has already begun, and the rapidly-increasing rejection of God will soon bring a swift change. Instead of God’s grace being offered to all people so they may be saved, His judgment will fall upon this godless world of unbelievers, leading to eternal destruction.
THERE MUST BE A PERSONAL CHANGE
To escape God’s judgment upon sin you need to be changed. The Lord Jesus desires to change you from death to life, from darkness to light, from sin to salvation, from judgment to glory. To enable this change He died on the cross for you. There He “suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God”.
The work is finished and sin’s penalty has been paid! God proved He was satisfied with the work of Jesus by raising Him from the dead. The Lord Jesus lives, and now declares the way by which you may be changed.
WHAT MUST YOU DO TO BE CHANGED?
First of all, the Lord Jesus declares: “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish”. To repent means to change your mind as to the wrong course you are following without God. It means you accept His verdict that you have sinned and come short of His glory, and that you can do nothing to save yourself. You must repent!
Secondly, He says: “Ye must be born again”. New birth is spiritual birth from above—from God. It is brought about by receiving Christ as your Savior. The Bible states in John 1:12, “But as many as received Him [Jesus], to them gave He power [authority] to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name:”. To receive Him is to believe on Him. Believing He died for you and rose again makes you a child of God. You receive everlasting life, and thus become a completely new creature in Christ Jesus. This is the change you must have, or else you will perish in eternal separation from God.
THE TIME FOR A CHANGE IS NOW
Trust the Lord Jesus Christ and be changed while there is still time! Jesus warns in Luke 3:7: “Flee from the wrath to come”. The Bible states in 2 Corinthians. 6:2, “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”. The Bible says in Hebrews 4:7, “To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.
If you believe that Jesus Christ died in your place and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at [email protected] and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
The tract this podcast is based on is written by D.T.J. and published by Moments With The Book, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to spread God’s Word to the world through the printed page and other media. You can order copies of this tract online at MWTB.org.