You Are The Change You Want To See

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:7-9)

What happens when someone who acknowledges their emptiness is transformed by being full of the life of Jesus?

Who do they become? Who are they?

When someone’s appetite is to be about doing and being everything pleasing to the Father, what happens to their outlook?

Who do they become? Who are they?

The identity of a disciple of Christ was outlined in the first part of the teaching on the mount. Having started off from a poor state, the identity of this student of Jesus and a subject of a Kingdom is caught up with three characteristics – mercy, purity and peace.

How do we recognise that in our identity? Individually and collectively, how is this aspect of the identity acknowledged?

Not just in what is done, but in who you are – who you become?

What is for sure as Jesus talks about this, is that He embodies everything He talks about. Whether in his engagement with those disregarded by society or in what His character means for those who see Him and follow Him. He is the change He looks to see as He embodies all that the Kingdom of Heaven is about.

This then becomes the birthright of anyone who truly seeks to follow Jesus. Merciful, pure in heart and ever making peace. It’s who they are. It’s embedded in them. It is etched in their being.

This is not just writing for the sake of it. This is evident in witnessing the lives of those who follow Him. They are distinct because of the lack of guile, craftiness, bitterness, malice and a provocatively divisive nature. They don’t celebrate the downfall of another. Where others mock and jeer, they cry out for the opportunity for change, for cleansing, for wholeness.

Are these familiar characteristics of followers of Jesus, today? Is there evidence of this at the core of those who gather and are dispersed in His name? Would we know it when we came across another believer?

Oh, you were expecting me to answer the questions now?


(Photo by john ehrlich on Unsplash)

For His Name’s Sake


C. L. J. Dryden


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