An Altered Life
Changing Your Life's Trajectory
And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” (Mark 14:27-30 ESV)
And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ And I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’ And I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do.’ And since I could not see because of the brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me, and came into Damascus. “And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, came to me, and standing by me said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And at that very hour I received my sight and saw him. And he said, ‘The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth; for you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard. And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’ (Acts 22:7, 8, 10-16 ESV)
And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” (John 8:7, 10, 11 ESV)’
Last Monday I was listening to the memorial show dedicated to nationally syndicated radio host, Kidd Kraddick. For those who live in Dallas, we mourn the loss of a person who we laughed with for decades and made our morning commutes easier. As I listened, each of his co-host had the same thing to say about Kidd in their memorial. They all stated that knowing Kidd changed their lives and literally changed the trajectory of their life. One person changed their life trajectory. As I thought about that, I wondered who could I say that about (outside of my parents). And I can attest that to one person, McKinnley Hailey. A man many of you don’t know and some who do. Mak himself probably never recognized it while living as I am sure I was just one of many that flew around his bright light, but he changed the trajectory of my life because he showed me that you could love Christ and still be you, still be open, still struggle, be broken, be in pain yet praise Jesus all the same. I knew of Christ before Mak and know Him even more now, but for almost 3 years of my life one man allowed me, a recent college grad in the streets of Dallas, to witness Christ and God on level that was real to me, a level I understood. I was thirsty for God and didn’t even know it. Mak’s ministry and his life were the entry way to a changed life for me. However, Mak was just one man.
An even more important man changed the trajectory of my life before I was even born. My Savior, my Lord, my God, Jesus Christ. As I was formed in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:15), Christ knew that one day I would move from being a pew follower to being an active seeker and follower. But I’m not the only life touched by Christ. For all who know Him, He is still changing lives. Three examples of lives whose trajectory He changed in the Bible remain dear to me for different reasons: the bragging coward, the murderer, and the harlot. The Bragging Coward, Simon, as he transformed into the rock of His church, Peter; the murdering persecutor Saul transformed to the Gospel-globetrotter Paul; and the unnamed harlot transformed to one of Christ’s faithful followers believed to be Mary Magdalene. Christ changed their life trajectory on such a level we still speak of them to this day. Only the Son of God, Christ, could alter a life as theirs. As mine.
If you don’t know Christ, I urge you to invite Him into your life and become a follower of Christ. He can and will literally turn your life upside down to chart a course unknown to you and walked by faith. And every step of it will be worthwhile-joy and pain. If you already know Christ, you are a walking breathing testimony of how He has changed the trajectory of your life. What you once were is now no longer.
So now, I ask you 1) how has Christ changed the trajectory of your life? Have you thanked Him today for it? And 2) who has changed the trajectory of your life? Have you told them? Tomorrow is not promised and today is the best day to start. Don’t let it be too late…