To me, there’s nothing more powerful than the testimony of a soul set free. I heard once that you can argue semantics and theology and doctrines all day long, but you can never dispute a life that’s been transformed. You can’t argue with a miracle.
Tonight at my church’s Room in the Inn Monday night outreach, I got the privilege to hear from a man named Bobby Hayden, Jr., a successful music entertainer who went from the heights of success to the depths of drug addiction and homelessness to eventual recovery and salvation found in Jesus. His was a powerful testimony of God working the miraculous impossible in the life of someone who was destined for an overdose.
One thing Bobby said that stuck out was this: “You don’t do good to be good. You do good because you are good, and you are good because Jesus makes you good.”
Another way of saying that is change doesn’t start with behavior modification that works its way inward, but in spiritual transformation that begins within and works its way out. Romans 12:2 says this: “Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.”
Only the power of God can explain a 180 degree turnaround from death to life, from addiction to freedom, from sin to holiness. And when a life is transformed, it’s just as much of a miracle whether the person was a lifelong drug addict or a outwardly moral upstanding citizen. The Bible says that we are all equally sinners in the eyes of God and equally in need of a Savior. The good news of the gospel isn’t that you can get to God, but that God in Jesus comes to you and meets you where you are.