“Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”
Several years ago, I heard a preacher say that when he looked for someone to work on his staff that he looked for a life-changer. He said that he was not concerned with their charisma, personality or talent as much as he was concerned with whether they were successful in seeing lives changed. Let’s face it; the ministry is all about being a life-changer.
Maybe the thing that bothered David more than anything else about his sin is that he was no longer changing lives. He said in the verse above, “Then will I teach…and sinners shall be converted…” It bothered him that his sin kept him from seeing lives changed. It bothered him that he was the fault that others would continue in sin’s destructive path because he allowed himself to commit sin. In this psalm, David identified five elements that a person must have if they are going to be a life-changer.
First, a life-changer has a clean heart. Verse 10 says, “Create in me a clean heart…” You cannot change lives when you are living in sin. It is hard to get people out of sin’s pig pen when you are living with the pigs yourself. If you want your life to be actively changing lives, you must be sure that your life is clean from sin. Nothing validates and empowers your message more than a clean heart. The authority and power behind a life-changing message is a heart that matches the message.
Second, a life-changer has a right spirit. Verse 10 continues to say, “…renew a right spirit within me.” Your spirit does matter. Don’t expect others to want what you have if you have a negative spirit. My question for you is this, do you always see the negative about everything? You will never be a life-changer when you’re the first person to see the negative and complain about what is wrong. Life-changers have a right spirit that magnifies the LORD.
Third, a life-changer walks with God. Verse 11 says, “Cast me not away from thy presence…” You can’t change lives if you are not walking with the One who changes lives. A walk with God in the Scriptures and prayer is what gives you the tools to help those whose lives need to be changed. If your walk with the LORD is hit-and-miss, your ability to change lives is anemic. When you walk with the LORD, you will find that your time in His presence will be easily identified by those whose lives need changing. It is God’s reflection through your life that will change others.
Fourth, a life-changer is joyful. Verse 12 says, “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation…” When there is a joy in serving the LORD, others will see it and want what you have. If your labor for the LORD is labor, the words you speak will fall on deaf ears. There is something about a person who enjoys serving the LORD that stirs others to want what you have. There will be an allurement about your life when serving the LORD is the joy of your life.
Fifth, a life-changer is filled with the Holy Spirit. David asked God in verse 12 to “uphold me with thy free spirit.” My friend, you will never be a life-changer without the power of the Holy Spirit. You can have a knowledge of the Scriptures in your heart and mind, but it is the power of the Holy Spirit that makes that knowledge real to those who hear it. The Spirit-filled life is imperative if you’re going to be a life-changer.