Changed

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God has empowered you, so what are you doing to love the world to Heaven? Are you actively igniting change... in His name?

Driving always creates somewhat of a conundrum for me. I’m addicted to NPR (National Public Radio), but the allure of the assorted music selection on my iPod is also great. Driving is one of the only times I get to enjoy either, and I hate having to choose. So, about a year ago, when I listened to the same song over and over again for a week – it was a pretty big deal for me.

Shortly after Aaron Niequest led worship at my church one Sunday, his song Changed became my go-to driving choice. I’d heard the song before, but, for some reason, the lyrics struck a chord with my situation and musings at the time. If you’ve never heard it, you should definitely check it out.

I love the final bridge and chorus:

Thank You for this new life, thank You for the invitation!
God, we want to live it loud enough to shake the nations – in Your name!
We have been saved – we’re going to shout about the Savior
We have been found – we’re going to turn over every stone
We’ve been empowered – to love the world to Heaven
We have been changed – to bring change, to bring change

It’s gripping. The lyrics rally against complacency and rip the truth of the gospel wide open. In six lines Aaron captures the spirit of a heart truly captivated by God – of a community of believers actively living in response to His grace – of a people ruled by gratitude, service, and love. It’s how I want to live. It’s who I want to be.

What about you? Are you shouting? Are you turning over stones? God has empowered you; what are you doing to love the world to Heaven? Are you actively igniting change…in His name?

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