Introduction – Examples Of Changed Lives
The Story of Saul’s Transformation Into Paul
When I read the Bible, I’m constantly blown away by the stories of changed lives. The story of Saul’s transformation into Paul is one of my favorites.
Saul was a Pharisee who was fiercely opposed to Christianity. He even went so far as to persecute Christians. But one day, everything changed. Saul had a vision of Jesus, and he was radically transformed. From that moment on, he devoted his life to spreading the gospel.
Paul’s story is a powerful reminder that God can change anyone, no matter how far they have fallen. When we surrender our lives to Him, He can do amazing things in us and through us.
The Story of Rahab’s Transformation
Rahab was one of the most sinful women in Jericho. She was a prostitute and had no respect for God or the law. But then something amazing happened: she met Joshua and his army as they were preparing to conquer Jericho. And she changed.
Rahab welcomed Joshua and his army into her home, and she protected them from the authorities. She even helped them destroy Jericho. And when it was over, Rahab accepted Joshua’s offer to become part of Israel. She was changed from the inside out and started a new life with God.
This is just one example of how God can change someone’s life. He can take someone who is sinning and rebellious and turn them into His faithful followers. He can do amazing things in our lives if we only let Him.
The Story of the Conversion of Matthew
As for Levi, he was like a lost sheep. He had no idea where to go or what to do. Then one day, he met Jesus.
When Hesus called him, he followed Him. And his life was changed forever. He went from being a tax collector—someone people despised and looked down on—to one of His disciples. H was baptized and given a new name: Matthew.
Jesus Christ changed his life completely. He showed him salvation and gave him hope for the future. And because of His love, he was able to forgive others and start living a new life—one that was filled with purpose and meaning.
The ‘Conversion’ of Zacchaeus
Now, let’s take a look at Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a wealthy man but also a tax collector, making him very unpopular. He was also a short man, which meant that he couldn’t see over the crowds.
But Zacchaeus was curious about this Jesus character, so he climbed up a tree to get a better look. And when Jesus came by, he stopped, looked up at Zacchaeus, and called him by name.
Zacchaeus was so changed by this encounter that he decided to give half of his possessions to the poor and repay anyone he had cheated. He went from being an outcast to being welcomed into the community because Jesus had changed his life.
The Transformation of the Prodigal Son
The fifth and final example of a changed life in the Bible that I want to talk about is the story of the prodigal son. This is a great story because it shows that it’s never too late to turn things around, even if you’ve made some bad choices in your life.
The prodigal son was the younger of two sons and asked his father for his share of the inheritance even though his father was still alive. He then took that money and squandered it on wild living. But when he ran out of money, he had to take a job feeding pigs, which was considered unclean for a Jew.
At this point, the prodigal son realized his foolishness and decided to return home to his father. He knew he had sinned against God and against his father and was willing to take whatever punishment was coming to him.
But when he got home, his father ran to meet him, and they embraced each other. The father ordered a prepared feast to celebrate his son’s return.
This story is a great reminder that no matter what we’ve done, God will always forgive us and welcome us back with open arms.
Transformation in Cornelius’ Life
When someone begins to follow Jesus, we see evidence of the Holy Spirit at work. This was certainly true of Cornelius in Acts 10.
Cornelius was a Gentile who worshiped God and was generous to those in need. He prayed regularly and even gave alms to the Jewish people. So when an angel appeared and told him to send for Peter, he didn’t hesitate.
He humbly submitted to the message he had been given, and Peter ended up staying with him for several days, during which time he preached the gospel to Cornelius and his family. They responded by repenting of their sins and being baptized.
Cornelius’ life was changed by his encounter with the gospel. He went from being a man who merely worshiped God to a follower of Jesus Christ. And his transformation didn’t stop there; he went on to be a bold witness for Christ, despite the risks involved.
When we look at examples of changed lives in the bible, we see that God can change anyone. No matter what you have done or how far you have fallen, God is always willing and able to forgive you and change your life. He is a God of second chances and wants to help you live the best life possible. When you trust God, he will help you become the person he created you to be.