Reporter: What makes you think God chose you [to change the world]?
Evan Baxter: He chose all of us.
-Evan Almighty

Evan Almighty

We asked the wrong questions in life, which is why we arrived at flawed conclusions.

We asked if we could change the world.
God asks if we would change the world.

Allow me to pick up from the implications of where I left off in the previous post. Changing the world is more then just changing the surroundings; it is about changing a life. Everyone can change the world, starting with his or her own life. Frankly, I used to scorn all these life changes. I lament that God seems to show less of his power on this side of the testament after Jesus came back. The Old Testament had opening of seas, stopping of sun, turning back of time, overnight annihilation of armies… and on this side of time, we only have the transformation of lives. It feels as though God has toned down His powers.

Obviously, this is another one of my flawed understandings.

In the Old Testament, despite God’s blatant display of power, those miracles failed to induce a change in the lives of the Israelites. Any repentance was temporal, done more out of fear of their own lives instead of the fear of God. In a way, the opening of the Red Sea was more of a supernatural atomic bomb; the surroundings changed, but the people didn’t. Yet though the death of Jesus, God achieved what no physical miracle could have done. He convicted the hearts of man and rescued them from damnation; He convinced them to repent. Clearly, a life-changed is a superior miracle compared to any supernatural miracle

Bruce and Tomato Soup

God: Parting a soup is not a miracle, Bruce. It’s a magic trick. A single mom who’s working two jobs, and still finds time to take her son to soccer practice, that’s a miracle. A teenager who says “no” to drugs and “yes” to an education, that’s a miracle. People want me to do everything for them. What they don’t realize is *they* have the power. You want to see a miracle, son? Be the miracle.
-Bruce Almighty

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