The Power of God Changing People’s Lives

Casey Yetter | Relational Discipleship Network

Is it just me or does anyone else find it easier to see the power of God changing other people’s lives than it is to see Him transforming your own life?

Why is it easier for me to encourage those I’m discipling and acknowledge the fruit I see in them but struggle to be encouraged and recognize the same in my own life?

Is it pride?

Is it shame for my brokenness and need for transformation?

Is it the feeling of not being worthy of His power and love?

Is it all of the above?

In my case, I’m going to have to go with all of the above and based on a lot of conversations I’ve had, I can say that there are many others that would say the same.

Not too long ago, I was in a small group at one of our Discipleshift1 conferences and I watched a gal come to the realization that she didn’t think that God’s power could transform her life. She had spent a lot of our time together sharing about God’s work in many of the women’s lives in her ministry but in the end, she felt her brokenness was too much for God to redeem and therefore, she couldn’t recognize all that He had done.

My heart hurt and then broke. I realized that I had done something similar. I have watched God’s power work all around me. I have called out in others the spiritual fruit I saw as God changed the trajectory of their lives; yet I often deflect God’s work in my own life. I believe with my whole heart that God loves me, I believe that He rose from the dead and washed away all my sin. I have learned though God’s power goes beyond my acknowledgement to a real power that shapes and molds lives. This transformational power I must share with others because when I don’t, I rob God of my praise and miss giving him the Glory HE deserves.

What if we believed with our whole heart that the same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead and the same power He uses to tell the ocean “You can only come this far.”, is the same power that He uses to transform our lives? We are that important to Him. My testimony exists because of God. Our testimonies are HIS stories to the world of how much He loves us and wants to make us into something new. His power is everlasting and it doesn’t “stop”. There is no shame in proclaiming the amazing fruit the He has produced and continues to grow in us.

Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people, light a lamp and put in under a bowl. Instead, they put in on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Here’s my challenge to you:

  1. Ask yourself if you have truly recognized God’s power of transformation and redemption in your own life?
  2. Use your story this week to disciple someone to trust our God who is all powerful.
  3. Ask someone close to you if they have seen God’s power change you and what is the spiritual fruit they can identify in you.

Accepting this challenge can be dangerous though. We will have to step out and recognize the power of God in our lives and when that happens our testimony strikes at the core of Satan’s plan to render us ineffective for the Kingdom. It’s a dangerous thing you know… being transformed into the likeness of Christ and never being the same, AMEN.

By Casey Yetter
Relational Discipleship Network