Instant Improvement

Acts 16:31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

      If you watched Oprah’s Karaoke Challenge, you witnessed 8 people who had instantly received some improvement in their lives. Granted 5 didn’t make it to the finals, but they too benefited from the experience. Clearly, being on Oprah is benefit to most who stand on the stage. These folks had a chance to perform in front of a national audience which provided exposure and the potential for others to want to share in their gifts. In addition, they received some critical feedback that may help improve their performance skills. While there was only one winner of the $250,000 prize, each other participant receive a monetary prize of at least $25,000. Each one that appeared on the show has the potential to take that moment to translate it into an improved life.

This transformation reminds me of the salvation and abundant life the Jesus offers each of us. There are keys to salvation that will provide us ever lasing life. However, that is not the end of the story. When we first accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we have maturing and growth to experience. While our salvation is granted to us in an instant, putting childish ways behind us, as referenced in 1 Corinthians 13:11, takes some time for most of us. Jesus also came to give us an abundant life. John 10:10 reminds us that our Saviour came to give us a full life. It is not the riches that are the focus, however, money is not excluded from the blessings that God will help to manifest in our lives.

Just as the winner and participants in Oprah’s Karaoke Challenge need to act to realize the full benefit of sharing in this contest, we need to act to demonstrate the faith of God in our lives. James 2:15-26 discussion the intersection of faith and action. We know as James 2:26 says As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

In our Divine Health journey simply wishing and praying for Divine Health is not enough, we need to be good stewards of our bodies. Our diets and exercise plans need to be aligned to creating a life that demonstrates the faith we have and the faith we will build. In an instant, God has blessed us with eternal salvation and promises a full life. We need to make sure we are conspiring with the Lord, not against the efforts of God.

Abraham McDonald, the winner of Oprah’s Karaoke Challenge, is truly blessed with talent and now opportunity has presented itself. I certainly expect that he now has a fruitful career in front of him. Of course, he will have to work to make the career happen. He has an instant improvement that can be transformed into sustained improvement if he makes use of what has shown up in his life. I have great expectations for him, for me and for the rest of us in pursuit of our divinely inspired lives.


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